Police increase patrols for St. Patrick’s Day


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– People across Connecticut will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. But it’s more than just corn beef and cabbage.

A lot of people will be drinking and you’ll want to do so responsibly. It’s no surprise that people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking. Often one drink can turn into several and the last thing you want to do is then get behind the wheel of a car.

“Troopers will be keeping an extra eye out for reckless drivers operating under the influence,” said Trooper Kelly Grant with the Connecticut State Police.

Local departments are also keeping a watchful eye, such as Meriden, Branford and New Haven. If you are out drinking it’s advised you have a designated driver or call a taxi.

If you see someone who you think is driving drunk trooper Grant says don’t hesitate to call for help.

“If you spot somebody who’s operating recklessly or you feel is under the influence, call 911,” said Grant. “That’s an emergency, let us know where they are, we have to get them off the road. We would rather you call us and make the mistake of that not being the case than you not calling us and down the road there’s a road crash.”

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is taking place late Thursday morning in New York City. If you are heading down for that, Metro-North wants to remind you that there is no alcohol allowed on the trains, platforms or inside the stations.

If you have any type of alcoholic beverage, it will be confiscated by the MTA police.

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