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TPD out in full force for St. Patrick's Day

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The Blarney Irish Pub has been rocking all weekend long. The celebration reached a crescendo today as we finally reached St. Patrick's day.

Toledo police are out in full force and want you to get home safely! Folks started partying early this morning. Officers say there are tons of ways you can be safe. Call a taxi or call a friend -- Just be responsible!

Toledo police officers are stepping up patrols for St Patrick's Day. Lt. Jeff Sulewski says play it safe!

"It brings a lot of people out and it brings a lot of publicity. I think the good publicity about the day has been stressing to have a designated driver if you're going to be out celebrating and we want to reinforce that got out and have a good time but  if you're going to be drinking get somebody else to drive the car don't get behind the wheel," said Toledo Police  Lt. Jeff Sulewski.

The overtime is funded through a grant. Officers will strictly do traffic stops.

"If we see someone driving that is suspect to us that is fast speeds slow speed weaving doing something their not supposed to be doing committing some sort of traffic violation we will stop them and initiate contact," said Lt. Sulewski.

Officer Sulewski stopped this man who was driving the wrong way on North Erie street downtown Toledo. The officer didn't get a sense the man was drunk. The driver was coming from court and was just going the wrong way. The officer says that happens a lot downtown. Every bar in our area will be packed.

In 2013 TPD investigated 24 deadly car accidents, 25 individuals were killed, seven were alcohol related and 11 of the accidents were excessive speed.

Lt Sulewski says celebrate and have fun! He says if you get too drunk hand over your keys so you don't hurt anyone
     
"You don't want to get into that situation you could hurt yourself you you could hurt somebody else or maybe even take somebody life and no one wants to live with that"

The extra Toledo police officers hit the streets around two this afternoon.

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