Law enforcement strengthens St. Patrick's Day weekend patrols

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 10:05 p.m.

It's not only those with Irish heritage that will make St. Patrick's Day a weekend long event.

Joe Quaerna owns O'Riley & Conway's in Janesville.

"We're a really unique establishment," Quaerna said.

St. Patrick's Day is a big deal for them. "We go Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and finish up on Monday," Quaerna explained.

They take safety seriously.

"We're always real careful with watching patrons get over-served," Quaerna explained.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden would agree with him.

"We want people to be responsible," Spoden explained.

It's a busy weekend -- not only for bars and restaurants -- but for law enforcement, too.

Safety is so important to Spoden that he's using a grant from the Department of Transportation to double the number of deputies they have out on patrol this weekend.

Spoden explained that their concern is people drinking too much and then getting behind the wheel.

He said that there will be consequences for those who do it.

"If you make a bad choice and decide to get behind that wheel, we're going to be looking for you, and we're going to arrest you," Spoden said.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office is one of many law enforcement agencies that received a grant for this weekend.

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