St. Patrick's Day Brings Parade and Arrests

There is always a reason to celebrate in Cleveland on St. Patrick's Day.

This year, the festivities did not disappoint, with the Department of Homeland Security offering additional police presence.

Over 20 people were arrested downtown before the parade even began. Fox 8 News reported that a sobriety checkpoint was set up between 8:30pm and 11:00pm to apprehend suspected drunk drivers.

Cleveland Traffic Commissioner Jim Muhic told Fox 8, “We want to stop people from driving when they’re intoxicated. Before we had the parade, we put it out there that people should use public transportation and that they should also use designated drivers.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 276 people died due to drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day from 2009-2013.

Drivers are encouraged to call #677 if you suspect impaired driving, and the offices of Lipson O'Shea are available 24/7 if you have found yourself charged with a DUI.