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Thursday March 14th, 2013

Posted at 4:35pm

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St. Patrick`s Day 2012

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and Windsor Police will have additional police resources on duty in anticipation of a busy weekend.

Police have had shift schedules have been modified and additional uniformed and plainclothes officers will be deployed as part of a pre-planned and proactive approach to ensure that those participating in this weekend’s celebrations do so safely and responsibly.

Police officials say that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Windsor have historically been periods of high-call volumes for police, and it is anticipated that this weekend will continue that trend. Police warn that anyone that is attending at any of the organized street celebrations being held across the city can expect to see a highly visible police presence. Officers will be patrolling on foot, by bicycle and in cars, and will be concentrating on keeping the peace in entertainment areas and in the neighbourhoods surrounding the University of Windsor campus. Additionally, officers from the Traffic Branch will be assisting with the execution of the St. Patrick‚Äôs Day operational plan which involves R.I.D.E. programs and a broader police response this weekend.

As well, operators of premises licensed under the Liquor License Act of Ontario can expect an increased frequency of inspections and compliance checks by members of the Windsor Police Service and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend period.

Windsor Police offer three tips to ensure everyone has a safe weekend:

  • If you are drinking, don’t drive: R.I.D.E Programs will be in effect, so pre-plan how you are getting home.
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in all neighbourhoods – please don’t drive distracted.
  • Be a good neighbour by celebrating respectfully: Noise bylaws & alcohol regulations will be enforced.

 

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