Law enforcement agencies are urging St. Patrick’s Day partiers to be safe and sober on the roads this weekend. State and local police departments will be conducting more than 100 roadside safety checks and more than 500 nighttime seat belt patrols.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesperson Josh Kauffman says the goal is to save lives on a day when a lot of people are typically partying.

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Kauffman says the heaviest patrols will be today, but will run through the 20th. Thirteen people have died in car crashes on St. Patrick’s Day since 2007, seven at the hands of drunk drivers.

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