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St. Patrick's Day checkpoint snags 5 DUI arrests

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The wearing of the green was not enough to avoid being handcuffed. The wearing of the green was not enough to avoid being handcuffed.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

As people were celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Huntsville police were setting up a surprise DUI checkpoint.

The checkpoint was set up on University Drive, and, ultimately, five people ended up being arrested for DUI while two others were arrested for felonies. Six vehicles were impounded and 78 citations were issued.

With some of the festivities that come with St. Patrick's Day, it should come as no surprise that Huntsville police decided to set up this checkpoint. Some were still decked out in their green as they were put in handcuffs.

St. Patrick's Day is known for its green beer and good fun, but all that changes when you get behind the wheel drunk.

According to the Alabama State Justice Department, in 2013, almost 15,000 people were arrested for DUI. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 269 people were killed in drunk driving accidents on St. Patrick's Day between 2007 and 2011.

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