Several Kansas City area cities announce crackdown on drunken driving this St. Patrick’s Day weekend

03/13/2014 8:20 AM

03/13/2014 8:20 AM

Several cities in the metro area will aggressively target drunken drivers this St. Patricks Day weekend.

The crackdown from Friday through St. Patricks Day on Monday will include high-visibility enforcement.

Kansas City police said in a release its officers will be looking aggressively for drunken drivers during the crackdown, arresting anyone suspected of driving under the influence.

Overland Park police said it will conduct a saturation patrol from 10 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. During the special enforcement effort, a team of officers will patrol streets specifically looking for drivers who might be driving drunk.

The Independence Police Departments Traffic Safety Unit said it will conduct both sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols this weekend.

The crackdown coincides with the

Operation Impacts Choose Your Ride home campaign announced Wednesday


That campaign urges St. Patricks Day revelers to think about how they are getting home from their celebrations.

The campaigns message says people have the choice of designated drivers, taxis, squad cars or hearses.