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Police Increasing Patrols on St. Patrick’s Day

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 RICHMOND (WRIC) - Saint Patrick's Day weekend may be over, but extra police officers were still out and about tonight.

On days like Saint Patrick's Day, there are even more police on the streets.

"269 people were killed on the single day over the past four years," says Sgt. Thomas Molnar. "That number may not sound like a lot to somebody, but over four years, you think you're going to high school for four years, if you start your first day with 269 people by the time you graduate high school nobody will graduate high school because everybody died."

That's an unfortunate statistic Carter Hill knows all too well.

"My son and his best friend were going to a get together," Hill says. "The young man had been drinking a lot and he ran off the road. They crashed then my son was killed."

That was almost 17 years ago. Today, Hill is a volunteer with mothers against drunk driving.

"A lot of times we think of these people who would get themselves in that sort situation as some very bad people with a long time and trouble with the law," says Chris Konschak with MADD. "I think people don't take it seriously and I think people forget. They get drinking and after you start drinking you lose all sense of judgment. You make bad decisions."

Police agencies want people to know they will be out on the roads hoping that would be drunk drivers will take heed.

"It can cost over $10,000 if you are arrested and charged and convicted for driving under the influence here in Virginia," Molnar says.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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