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Policing St. Patrick's Day partying

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To prepare for St. Patrick's Day, Waterloo Police are putting extra patrols out on the roads.

"It's a fairly busy weekend," said Sergeant Michael Rasmussen of Waterloo PD.

"We have overtime pay provided to us by the Governors Safety Bureau, which allows us to pay for these enforcement projects," said Waterloo Police Capt. Tim Pillack.

Rasmussen was out on Friday night. He said spring break and the pool tournament are adding to traffic in Waterloo.

"You're going to have a lot more travelers on the road, what with the families getting out of town," Rasmussen said.

Statewide, police caught about 350 drunk drivers last St. Patrick's day. Iowa officials say 8 people were killed in alcohol related crashes.

Rasmussen said if you drink, find a way home that doesn't involve getting behind the wheel. You don't want your night to end in the back of a squad car.

But a safe celebration can start at the source. At Jameson's Public House, they've got overflow space ready outdoors for the expected crowds.

"Depending on the weather, maybe we'll use it, maybe we won't," said Shaylin Marti, manager.

She said they're also careful not to over-serve people, and train their servers to watch for warning signs.

"When you start seeing, 'hey, maybe they've had a few too many or they're doing a few too many shots in a row, just hand them a water," she said.

And that's something law enforcement officials can support.

"Do what you can to avoid running into us," Pillack said.

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