EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- St. Patrick's Day fun is already starting Thursday night and police will be out in force.
In fact, the Alton Police Department announced they'll be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick`s Day holiday to crack down on drunk drivers.
Even though the party officially starts on Saturday, if you're in Edwardsville police will enforce their no tolerance policy on drinking and driving now.
Thursday is a popular ladies night. Many bars offer cheap drinks to women who in turn bring in the men.
Extra patrols were called in to keep Edwardsville city streets safe from motorists who've had a little too much to drink.
This is one of three checkpoints so far for the city this year and it will last all the way through St. Patrick's Day on Monday.
The holiday brings people off all nationalities out to play. And with the drinking limit at .08, you should keep yourself under the limit.
Because if you don't drink responsibly, you could end up in jail.