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Police beef up patrols on St. Patrick's Day

March 18, 2010|By Clifton French (cfrench@wsbt.com)
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MISHAWAKA — While people were hitting bars on St. Patrick's Day, the police were hitting the streets. Mishawaka Police were doing a little bit more, handing out bracelets that designate a sober driver. "These wrist bands will allow the designated driver to get free soft drinks wherever they go tonight to enjoy the festivities," said Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Dept. "You can't really rely on the luck of the Irish to get you home safely. A designated driver will do that." The bracelets are just one more tool to help bar tenders keep people from drinking and driving. "I also appeal to cab drivers in this town to be available on nights like this for guests who perhaps didn't get a designated driver," said Dale Hamel, owner of The Landing. Mishawaka Police Department worked with eight other agencies to increase patrols and set up DUI checkpoints. Mishawaka Police say they had 14 DUI arrests last Saint Patrick's Day.

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