NEW: State Police Issue St. Patrick's Day Warning
The Virginia State Police issued a warning today for those planning on partying on St. Patrick's Day on Monday.
State troopers plan to conduct DUI patrols and checkpoints throughout the state.
Throughout the country, between 2007-2011, more than 269 people died because of a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2012, alcohol-related crashes killed 229 people in Virginia, according to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.
"Drunk driving is 100 percent irresponsible and preventable," said Col. Steven Flaherty, the state police superintendent. "The cost of a cab ride is far less expensive than the cost of a DUI conviction. Designate a sober driver and don't jeopardize lives on the road."