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Police step up patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Aspen Times Staff
R.T. Flanagan, left, and Jamie Sherman prepare for St. Patricks Day at McStorlies Pub on Tuesday as a clock counts down the time until the celebration. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

Perhaps in honor of the long list of notable Irish poets and authors, the latest news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation begins with a few lines of verse.”There is a campaign called The HeatThose drivers on St. Pat’s can beat.If you vow to drive soberor hand the keys overYou won’t meet the cops on the street!”Yeats it ain’t. But spreading the message that police will be out in force on St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday is a deadly serious message that could save lives.The Aspen Police Department will be joining authorities across the state in stepping up DUI enforcement.”Given the traditions of the holiday, we will have some additional staff working that evening and additional street staff working,” Aspen police Sgt. Bill Linn said.From 6 p.m. Thursday until 3 a.m. Sunday, expect to see more police cars in town. Outside Aspen, the Colorado State Patrol will also step up DUI patrols.The news release offers several tips for celebrating the holiday safely. One says, “If you’re having a party, serve guests one drink at a time.” To which one might add that if you’re two-fisting, operating a motor vehicle should be the last thing on your mind.

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