State police to step up patrols during St. Patrick's Day weekend

Law enforcement is cautioning anyone celebrating to not drink and drive this St. Patrick's Day.

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2023, 9:24 PM

Updated 434 days ago

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Law enforcement is cautioning anyone celebrating St. Patrick's Day not to drink and drive.
Police say they want to really push the message, since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year.
They say many more officers will be on the roads patrolling throughout the weekend in an effort to keep residents safe.
"If you plan to consume alcohol or cannabis, do it responsibly - designated sober driver or get a ride such as Uber, Lyft, a taxi – just avoid driving under the influence in general," said Connecticut State Police Trooper Jisselis Garcia.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, St. Patrick's Day is one of the deadliest times on the road.
"People are celebrating and drinking a bit more than usual," said Shannon Burnham, a spokesperson for Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Last year, three people were killed around the holiday in Connecticut.


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