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Maryland State Police to step up enforcement for St. Patrick's Day weekend

Maryland State Police warned drivers that they will see more troopers on the road for St. Patrick's Day weekend and to make sure to drive sober.

The agency did not specify how many more troopers would be on hand throughout the weekend, but officials said they would fund the overtime through a grant. In a statement, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown said that drunk driving arrests typically double over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Drunk drivers could face a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail, in addition to points on their driver's license and a six-month license suspension.

"We want everyone to enjoy the celebrations, but act responsibly," Brown said in the statement. "Be certain you make plans ahead of time to arrange for a sober driver to transport you, whether that is a friend, cab driver, or transit driver. Stick to those plans. If you do not, a very sober state trooper or local police officer will quite possibly be driving you from the scene of your arrest."

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