Law enforcement beefing up DUI enforcement

WICHITA, Kansas – Hundreds of people across the Wichita area began celebrating St. Patrick’s day this weekend.

Area bars were packed as people wore their green and indulged in all the festivities.

In hopes of keeping things safe and fun, law enforcement was on the look out for anybody who chose to drive drunk.

The Kansas Highway Patrol had a DUI saturation Friday night to get a leg up on the holiday weekend.

The saturation netted one arrest.

Trooper Gary Warner with KHP says troopers would treat Saturday like any other day.

“Just like any other Saturday night they are going to be mindful of the potential of people who decide to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol,” said Warner.

Many of the local bars tried to do their part as well, working with local cab companies and shuttle services to get people to their desired destination safely.

Bobby Fleming, the owner of Triple B’s Express, spent the afternoon and evening shuttling people to and from the bars.

His service even provided people the option to be picked up from their home and not have to leave their car anywhere.

Fleming says this is to eliminate the chance that someone might attempt to drive after drinking.

“When you drive your car out to the bar than it’s a guessing game on whether or not you are good enough to drive home and that’s what we would like to try and avoid,” said Fleming.

KHP officials also urged people who went out today and plan on going out on Monday for St. Patrick’s Day to plan ahead and have a designated driver.

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