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Drunk driving enforcement ramped up for St. Patrick's Day weekend

3:25 PM EDT, March 15, 2013

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Police officers in three surrounding counties and the city of Laurel Police are beefing up enforcement of drunk driving this weekend, as St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on Sunday.

Laurel Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night, March 16 at Route 1 and Main Street, weather permitting. If it's raining Saturday night, Laurel Police will conduct roving saturation patrols in area, according to Laurel City Spokesman Pete Piringer.

Free rides home are available through SoberRide by calling 1-800-200-TAXI (8294). 

Police departments in Prince George's, Howard and Ann Arundel counties will participate in a statewide drunk driving enforcement operation called Project SOLO, Saving Our Loved Ones.

Prince George's County police officers will target drunk or impaired drivers from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Targeted areas include University Boulevard and Route 1 near the University of Maryland College Park; Pennsylvania Avenue; Marlboro Pike; Silver Hill Road; Branch Avenue; and Allentown Road.

Howard County police also will be out in increased numbers through Monday night looking for drivers exhibiting signs of impairment. Police officials released a reminder that those under 21 should avoid alcohol and adults of legal drinking age should make their own safety, and the safety of others, a priority if they are driving.

Anne Arundel County officers will partner with Maryland State Police Troopers from Glen Burnie Barracks to deploy mass patrols on county roads that are identified as having a high number of impaired driving arrests and alcohol-related accidents. Anne Arundel police will also be detecting drivers operating vehicles under the influence of drugs.