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State Police to do St. Patrick's Day patrols in eastern Baltimore County and Bel Air

Maryland State Police
Posted at 11:05 AM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-15 11:05:50-04

BALTIMORE — Ready for St. Patrick's Day? So are the police.

Maryland State Police are warning that they'll be doing saturation patrols through March 20 "in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests."

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday this year, which could mean the weekend will start early for many residents.

State Police said they will be doing special patrols, mostly focused on drug-involved or alcohol-involved driving, in the following areas:
—I-695, Route 43, Route 1 and Route 150 in Baltimore County
—State routes around Bel Air
—Route 40 in Cecil County

Police noted that 120 people died in 2020 on Maryland roads from impaired-driving crashes. Impaired drivers also injured more than 2,600 people in 2020.

MSP is urging those attending St. Patrick's Day events to have a designated driver, consider using public transit or ride-share service, not let friends drive if they seem impaired, and call police to report possible impaired drivers.