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Extra patrols planned to find drunk drivers in West Mich.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - From March Madness to spring break and now St. Patrick's Day, law enforcement says it's a trifecta when it comes to drunk drivers.

Officers in more than a half-dozen West Michigan counties, including Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren are stepping up patrols this weekend as part of the annual, nationwide Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Officers want you to celebrate responsibly -- safety is their number one priority. As part of a nationwide drunk driving crack down, extra patrol cars have been on the road in Kalamazoo since Thursday, tapping into federal grant money.

These DUI teams will be out through Monday, and again on weekends until mid-April. Last year during the NCAA tournament, nearly 2,300 people were arrested for drinking and driving. There have already been six arrests in Kalamazoo County in the last two days alone.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller tells Newschannel 3, police want everyone to have a good time, but not at the expense of others: "The extra patrols are dedicated to looking for drunk drivers, so they are searching areas they understand this takes place, or there is a high likelihood of this taking place, they are out making traffic stops. We'll be out again tomorrow. Remember, a designated driver is a better answer than thanking your chances and hurting yourself or others."

Sheriff Fuller say every day, 28 people are killed nationwide due to drunk-driving crashes. These extra patrols run through April 7.