Cracking down for St. Patrick's Parade

By Erika Mahoney

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As thousands are expected to head out for the St. Patrick's Parade, police will be making sure everyone gets home safely.

For the first time, there will be a DWI crackdown this parade weekend.

It starts Friday and runs through Sunday night.

Broome County STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion says it's not easy to evade the police net.

"The police agencies that do participate do a mix of checkpoints with patrols," Coordinator Chris Marion said. "So just because you see a checkpoint on one road and decide to take another, there's likely to be police doing patrols on those roads as well."

Marion people should have already come up with a plan to get home safely.

Ideas include finding a designated driver, taking the bus or a taxi or walking.

Police agencies from all across Broome County will be participating in the crackdown this weekend.

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