Extra police patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you have a way to get home safely.

Johnson City police are stepping up their DUI patrols for the busy holiday weekend.

Area bars were packed for St. Patrick’s Day, and the first round of March Madness.

“We’re hoping for a huge crowd,” said Yee-Haw Brewing general manager, David McDaniel.

Yee-Haw Brewing Company featured many specials on craft beers, in order to draw in a large crowd for their first St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day is known as one of the largest drinking holidays of the year, which is leading local law enforcement to step up their patrols.

“We received an extra grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety office to increase our patrols for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said Johnson City Police Sgt., Jim Tallmadge.

Tallmadge said extra officers will be on the streets all weekend, making sure party-goers get home safe.

General Manager of 50Fifty Sports Tavern Jason Lilley said he wants people to have fun, but also be safe this weekend.

“Sometimes we have been known to drive people home if they can’t get a cab,” said Lilley.

You’ll need more than the luck of the Irish, if your caught drinking and driving.

“We just ask that people prepare in advance before they go out,” said Tallmadge.

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