Napa County, CA- You can wear all the shamrocks you want this weekend, but they won’t do you any good if you drink and drive. The arrival of America’s favorite Irish Holiday—or excuse to get loaded— means that law enforcement agencies in Napa and Sonoma Counties are gearing up to keep drunken drivers.

The Napa County DUI Task Force plans to add several more patrols and, as usual, set up checkpoints. Sonoma County will put ten more DUI Task Force officers on the roads on Tuesday, March 17th. And you can also expect to see more police on the roads this weekend for the early revelers.

“Don’t wait until you’re too buzzed to decide, and don’t let your friends drive drunk,” Napa Police said in a news release, according to the Napa Valley Register.

St. Patrick’s Day, like many holidays, is time when celebrations can be punctuated by tragic accidents involving drunken or drugged driving. The Press-Democrat reports that on St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, 31 California residents were killed by impaired drivers.

And if you think that having just a couple, or even a few beers won’t put you over the legal limit, you are wrong. It takes less than you think to push over the legal, and honestly, most people out on St. Patrick’s Day aren’t thinking about drinking responsibly, they’re thinking about getting drunk. That is exhibited by the fact that, between 2009 and 2013, three-fourths of drunken driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day were caused by drivers who were twice the legal limit.

It’s okay to drink and have a good time; it’s just not okay to put others in danger, and that’s what you do when you drink and drive.  If you plan ahead and have alternative transportation line up then you can, by all means, drink enthusiastically. And if you do get in trouble in Napa or Sonoma County, be smart and get in touch with DUI attorney.

Before you make any decisions about how to handle you DUI charge, you need to understand the consequences of a DUI conviction. You also need to know that you have options to explore which may help you avoid conviction or allow you to lessen some of the consequences. During your consultation with a Napa or Sonoma County DUI defense attorney, they will outline your legal options and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case.

There is a long list of reasons why you need to fight a DUI conviction: it will deprive you of your freedom, strip you of your driver’s license, cost you thousands and leave you with a record. You’ll pay for a DUI conviction much longer than your realize, that is why you need to hire an attorney to work on your DUI defense. This St. Patrick’s Day, if you let the alcohol do the thinking for you, you’re going to need a knowledgeable DUI attorney on your legal team.