CLEVELAND, Ohio — St. Patrick’s Day is meant to be a joyous celebration, but police say they have arrested 21 people so far in downtown Cleveland, for celebrating too much and various other legal infractions.
Authorities also set up a sobriety checkpoint on Huron Road near West 3rd between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. to apprehend suspected drunk drivers. Police selected vehicles at random, and if they had reason to believe the driver had been drinking, they were asked to take a field sobriety test and breathalyzer.
Cleveland Traffic Commissioner Jim Muhic told Fox 8, “We want to stop people from driving when they’re intoxicated. Before we had the parade, we put it out there that people should use public transportation and that they should also use designated drivers.”
Visitors to downtown say the checkpoint is a major deterrent to drinking and driving. “I think it’s good because that way, nobody can hurt anybody else with drunk driving,” said Amanda O’Neill, of Medina. “I have a little brother that just started driving, so I don’t need him getting in an accident.”