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Law enforcement urges caution on St. Patrick's Day

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is urging residents to drink responsibly this St. Patrick's Day weekend, or to use a designated driver.

The Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Maryland State Police and the Westminster Police Department, will be performing additional patrols throughout the weekend to protect motorists from drunk and aggressive drivers.

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During the St. Patrick's Day weekend in 2013, 40 percent of all crash fatalities in the U.S. involved drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On March 17 alone, 31 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

From 2009-2013, 276 drunk-driving fatalities occurred during the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

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For more information or for additional resources, please visit http://www.towardzerodeathsmd.com or http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

Reach staff writer Wiley Hayes at 410-857-3315 or wiley.hayes@carrollcountytimes.com.

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