It may not be one of the top holidays linked to drinking and driving, but New Jersey authorities are reminding those who are celebrating this St. Patrick's Day not to get behind the wheel after they've had a few alcoholic beverages.

"We encourage people to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but do so without consuming alcohol and driving," said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

"There is simply no excuse for drinking and driving and if you're planning to attend a St. Patrick's Day celebration at a local restaurant or tavern or even at a residence, make sure you have a designated driver," Powdubicky said.

"If you know someone who's about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and arrange for a ride home," said Poedubicky.  "Also, if you have too much to drink, give up your keys or call someone who can give you a ride home.  We certainly don't want safety to be an afterthought."

Police presence will vary from town to town, but in general, officers will be on alert to the possible dangers of intoxicated drivers and other violations over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.