Law Enforcement Prepare for Holiday Weekend

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT

By Jason Gruenauer

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March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Saint Patrick's Day in Buffalo means plenty of green and even more celebrating, but at the State Police and other law enforcement agencies, it is all hands on deck to keep the roads safe.

"We are going to have increased patrol presence just because of the nature of the holiday and the increased vehicle traffic that we expect at later hours. With a combination of moving and stationary activities to try to prevent any tragedies this weekend," Trooper Brian Rhoney said.

And as the holiday weekend takes over downtown Buffalo, several local bars and restaurants are offering free rides home via Liberty Cab.

"Once again, a testament to how safe it is to be downtown and enjoy yourself, and this is why we are the central party district in Western New York and we have to thank our partners in law enforcement, Liberty Cab, for making it that much safer for everyone to come down and have a good time," Jay Mano, the President of the Buffalo Entertainment District said.

The goal is to avoid crashes like the one Thursday night in Tonawanda, where a driver struck two vehicles and led police on a chase, causing multiple injuries.

"Unfortunately we see quite often the driver in many of these cases walk away unharmed from these incidents and several other innocent people suffering from injuries," Lt. Nick Bado of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department said.

So authorities say plan ahead, so you won't have to run into them this weekend.

"You can certainly do more for yourself and for others by taking those extra steps, by finding public transportation, by finding a cab. And the more cooperation we get from people who are better informed before they go out, the more we can stop the really dangerous people and really focus on the critical incidents," Trooper Rhoney added.