St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate the Irish, but it’s also a time when police step up their patrols.
Waterbury police said they had extra officers on the road Thursday night, and in Hartford police did as well.
Celebrations began early at Vaughan’s Public House on Thursday.
“We opened at 9 a.m. We do a breakfast and then bands all afternoon,” said Erin Sweeney of Vaughan’s.
“I’m just here to celebrate my heritage, have a couple of beers in this lovely establishment,” said Mary Quinn.
While the party inside was rocking, Vaughan’s Public House said over-drinking hadn’t been a problem.
“We’re always happy to help people with a cab,” Sweeney said.
“This is a big drinking holiday and at the same time we’re asking everyone to be respectful,” said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.
Hartford police were making sure those who had a bit too much to drink don’t drive. The department set up roving patrols in the city.
“We just ask you to be responsible. Be an adult. Consider everyone’s lives,” Foley said.
Hartford police said the stepped-up enforcement will last until at least 1 a.m. on Friday.
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