The Crawford County DUI Task Force said it will be out looking for drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs in the county over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.

St. Patrick's Day has become one of the deadliest holidays on the nation's highways with the number of impaired driving crashes increasing each year, according to statistics provided by the DUI Task Force.

The holiday from 2014 to 2018 saw 140 impaired driving crashes that resulted in four fatalities and numerous injuries on Pennsylvania highways.

There was an eight percent increase in impaired driving fatalities over the normal national rate during St. Patrick's Day 2017.

The DUI Task Force is reminding anyone drinking or celebrating to plan ahead and make alternate transportation plans.

A DUI arrest for first-time offenders can cost upwards of $10,000 in fines and associated costs, up to 72 consecutive hours in jail and a suspended drivers license.

Repeat offenders face even more severe penalties, including state prison time. Recent changes to sentencing guidelines can make DUI a felony offense under certain circumstances.