If you're driving to and from celebrations on St. Patrick's Day, expect to see more law enforcement on the roads.

Helena Police, Montana Highway Patrol and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office will beef up their normal patrols throughout St. Patrick's Day weekend and patrols will increase across the state on Thursday.

"We will have several extra deputies out looking for impaired drivers to help keep our roadways safe during the St. Patrick's weekend," Sheriff Leo Dutton said.

Helena Assistant Police Chief Steve Hagen mentioned people coming back from the Butte party as part of the reason HPD would be paying close attention to drivers. 

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"It tends to be the first busy weekend of the year, and there are a lot of people out partying," Hagen said. 

St. Patrick's Day weekend is "weather dependent."

"Looking out the window right now, it's hard to tell," he said Thursday morning. 

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