This St. Patrick’s Day drink all the green beer you like, but don’t you dare get behind the wheel of an automobile while under the influence of alcohol or you’ll be facing some serious, fines, fees; points added to your license, suspension of your driving privileges and jail time.

In California, police are taking a serious look at St. Patrick’s Day as a time to be wary of drunk drivers. A statewide crackdown on drunk driving will be conducted by the California Highway Patrol and municipal police departments around the state. This will include increased patrols and random DUI checkpoints.

It’s ok if you want to have a good time on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s ok if you want to over indulge in green beer and Irish stew. It’s ok if you’re a third generation Native American from Oklahoma who wants to get drunk and act Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But it is NOT ok to drive drunk. Not only do you risk a citation; arrest, fines, fees, points added to your license, suspension of your driving privileges and the possibility of jail time; you also risk the life of everyone sharing the road with you.

If you are planning to get drunk on St. Patrick’s Day do yourself a favor and arrange for a safe, sober, drive home. This might be having a designated driver in your group, or even just planning to call a cab when the hour gets late. There is one sure where to get yourself trouble: driving drunk. But there are a lot of ways for you to avoid the trouble this brings, just pick one, and have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.