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March 15, 2015

Metro Transit and law enforcement teaming up to encourage safe St. Patrick's Day revelry


With this being the inaugural year of the METRO Green Line service on Saint Patrick’s Day, Metro Transit is collaborating with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the Saint Paul Police Department to remind revelers to get from A to B reliably and safely.

Metro Transit is once again partnering with the J.J. Taylor Distributing Company and Miller Lite to provide a safe alternative to driving from festivity to festivity. Free rides are available on all light-rail and bus routes from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies throughout Ramsey County will be focused on DUI enforcement as part of the Ramsey County Traffic Safety Initiative. Our reason for working DUI enforcement was reinforced on March 8 when two fatal accidents occurred within a matter of minutes on Twin Cities Metro Area highways. Officials know that at least one of these deaths was caused by a driver who had been drinking.  These tragic incidents highlight the importance of planning for a sober ride this St. Patrick's Day.


What: Law enforcement and Metro Transit officials to discuss dangers of and alternatives to drinking and driving on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Where: Metro Transit  Central Station, 56 Fifth Street East, Saint Paul, MN.

When: 10 a..m., Monday, March 16, 2015

Who: Metro Transit Public Relations Manager Howie Padilla, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Eastham. Other law enforcement officials, including officers from the Saint Paul Police Department and the Metro Transit Police Department also will be on hand.

Why: Thousands of revelers will be descending on festive spots throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area on Tuesday and there are safe ways to get there and home, avoiding tragic ends that have met others in recent accidents


The Miller Lite Free Rides program is a safe alternative to pushing your luck with the risks of drinking and driving and the Green Line adds a new level of convenience. Last year nearly 500 people were arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence in Minnesota.