Police are asking drivers not to get behind the wheel if they are impaired.

The Hillsboro Police Department us reminding residents to stay safe this weekend, when many will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

"As Hillsboro residents rummage through closets looking for their St. Patrick's Day green, the Hillsboro Police Department is also preparing for the holiday," the department wrote to the Tribune. "St. Patrick's Day has become one of the nation's biggest times to celebrate and party. Tragically it has also become one of the nation's deadliest holidays."

On Saturday, March 17, Hillsboro police will be stepping up its work to stop drunken drivers, with officers out in force looking for intoxicated drivers on Hillsboro roads.

"As you don your green, we ask for you to put down your keys if you want to avoid getting 'pinched' on March 17," the department wrote.

Follow these trips to stay safe on the road this upcoming St. Patrick day weekend:

• If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party.

• Designate a sober driver ahead of time.

• If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi/Uber/Lyft, phone a sober friend or family member, use Tri-Met.

• Try NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.

• If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.

• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone's life.

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