MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said 246 people were busted for drunken driving as a result of stepped-up patrols during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

That’s a bit of a boost from the average weekend arrest count, which hovers around 170 motorists.

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However, it’s also a significant drop-off from the number of citations handed out the last time St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday. Then, 527 people were arrested for DWI in 2007.

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“Given the weekend circumstances and the nice weather, the lower arrest numbers may mean that people used safe alternatives,” said State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske.

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The final numbers aren’t in yet, and the public safety department’s Office of Traffic Safety cautioned the arrest count is likely to rise as more information comes in.