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HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR) - Police plan to be out in full force over the St. Patrick's Day weekend looking for drunk drivers. The exact locations for their DUI checkpoints are not being disclosed.

Police encourage drivers to have a plan in place that includes having a designated driver.  They also want drivers to call 911 if they see another driver they suspect might be driving drunk.

Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor said fighting drunk driving is a community-wide effort.

"It's a team effort, because obviously more people sending out the message is more times the message is being heard," Taylor said.  "And what we hope is that people are safe.  Again it's about public safety not just to the person involved but to the people they could potentially injure."

From 2006 to 2010 more than 700 people nationwide were killed in drunk driving crashes during the St. Patrick Day holiday.

Chesterfield County plans to begin implementing DUI checkpoints as early as this evening.