EAST LANSING – Thirty-two arrests were made on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day and 27 of those arrests were related to alcohol offenses. Two East Lansing Police officers were injured while performing arrests, but they did not need hospitalization. The East Lansing Fire Department made 36 Emergency Medical Service runs. Of the 36 hospital runs, 19 were related to alcohol and two were related to assault.
Detective Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department said this day was pretty typical day for St.
By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
Your preference of transportation mode matters on a normal day, but this past St. Patrick’s Day CATA buses overpowered the inclinations of some to use their own motor vehicle. CATA’s Entertainment Express, that runs every week Thursday to Sunday to offer a primary mode of sober transportation, was helping the cause to promote against drinking and driving. The Entertainment Express is used in hopes of consumers helping themselves and other pedestrians from drunk driving accidents, not only this day, but every time the trolley rolls around. “Keep in mind that with or without the free-sober ride offer, CATA was already scheduled to operate Entertainment Express between the Capitol and East Lansing, and that the majority of those riders own a Student Semester pass, giving them unlimited rides aboard all fixed-route services, meaning they wouldn’t have had to pay any more to ride on St.
Lansing police officers and residents alike said that they are pleased with the safety of St. Patrick’s Day in Lansing, this year in particular. Lansing Police Department Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said that after glancing at the arrest log, he didn’t think the number was over 10 arrests for this St. Patrick’s Day. “We really didn’t have any spike in arrests for drunk driving or impaired people.”
In preparation for the sometimes raucous holiday’s festivities, the Lansing Police Department issued safety tips for the community. According to the press release, Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski said he wanted to ensure that the safety of both those who wanted to celebrate and those who didn’t was the top priority. “Lansing Police’s priority is the publics’ safety, so please be responsible as you celebrate,” Yankowski said in the release. Tips included:
Designate a sober driver before a party begins,
Pace alcohol consumption and
Call a cab or use public transportation if you drink.
GRAND LEDGE – The community’s 11th St. Patrick’s Day celebration started at Opera House on March 14. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association held a celebration event before the parade at Opera House from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Around 240 people attended this event. During the celebration, they presented various cultural and traditional activities.
By Katy Barth
Alex Wisney, manager at Claddagh Irish Pub, said the pub quadrupled its sales compared to other Sundays and increased its St. Patrick’s Day sales by 25 percent compared to last year. The increase in profits was a great surprise since St. Patrick’s Day was on Sunday instead of Saturday like last year, he said
“It’s our Super Bowl,” said Wisney. “We put a lot of time and effort into it every year.”
Wisney said they had better advertising this year by putting the pub’s St.
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Alcohol fuels St. Patrick’s Day, and the community of Holt is no exception. But on Thursday, residents ensured the day was celebrated safely. “I try to look out there and see who’s driving,” said Allison Kline, a third-year cashier at the 7-Eleven on Aurelius. Kline said she has refused to sell alcohol to intoxicated customers on previous St.