ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Police Department is warning people to make smart decisions during St. Patrick’s Day activities.

“Statistically, a person has committed a DUI 80 times before they’re arrested for the first time,” said Katherine Kane, Master Police Officer with the Traffic Unit with ACPD.

During one of the deadliest weekends of the year, ACPD is urging people to call an Uber and not test their luck.

“So if you are arrested and convicted of a DUI, your charges could be anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 or more depending on if this is your first, second, or felony offense,” Kane said.

To help people understand what it is like to drive impaired, ACPD has go-carts that can mimic such conditions. Kane says driving takes a lot of focus and being impaired complicates that a lot.

“Driving requires you to look at your traffic lights, look at the traffic around you, make decisions, and if you’re cognitively impaired, that’s going to end up with some bad decisions,” said Kane.

“That was really tough. I think that is a testament to why people need to be careful when they’ve had one too many drinks, make sure you just call an Uber,” said CBS19 reporter Gretchen Stenger after failing to stay in the lines during the “impairment” phase of driving.

“This doesn’t necessarily cover just alcohol. In Virginia, driving while intoxicated covers any kind of self-administered intoxicant or drug. That includes cannabis, that includes prescription medications, that includes everything else that you can think of that would be a self-administered intoxicant. It’s a 100 percent preventable crime. People choose to drive while intoxicated. We’re not out here trying to impede your holiday. We’re not here trying to keep you from having a good time, we’re out here to make sure the roadways are safe for everybody,” said Kane.

Kane also adds that drivers should stay aware of their surroundings and call 911 if another driver seems to be under the influence.