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Police to crack down on St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:47 p.m. CDT

BERWYN – Berwyn police announced they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day holiday to crack down on drunk drivers and motorists who don’t wear their seat belts.

Those who plan on drinking alcohol should designate a sober driver before the party begins, Berwyn Police Chief Jim Ritz said in a news release.

In addition to looking for drunk drivers, the Berwyn Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest.

Always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving, Ritz said in the release.

The enforcement period started Feb. 25 and will run through March 17. Ritz said the department will be working overtime saturating streets on the overnight hours to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk.

Those hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party can be held liable and prosecuted if someone they serve is involved in a drunken driving crash. Ritz said hosts should make sure all guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.

Those attending a party should designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person their car keys. For those without a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab or a sober friend or family member for a ride or just stay put and sleep it off until sober.

Never let a friend out of sight if they are about to drive while drunk.

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