Businesses Help Neighbors Get Home Safe During St. Patrick's Day Weekend

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The Harrisonburg Police Department is stepping up its enforcement during Saint Patrick's Day weekend and some businesses want to make sure neighbors make it home safe.

For student Melissa McGowan the holiday is a great time to eat Irish food and drinks.

"It's Saint Patrick's day. It's green.There's green beer. There's not that many days in the year you get green beer," McGowan.

Corgans' Publick House Owner Katharine Corgan said she likes the excitement that surrounds the celebration. According to Corgan, St. Patrick's day is a great day for business, but also a day to be responsible.

She said patrons can leave their cars in their parking lot, if they tell employees before they leave.

"We are excited about the crowds but it's a big deal making sure that everyone know what's going on and can get taken care of it really responsibly," said Corgan.

She said it's the employees responsibility to make sure people don't drive drunk.

"Legally it is and also caring about our neighbors and people on the streets, everyone has to do their part and make sure people have fun, but are responsible," said Corgan.

Melissa McGowan who was at the bar said she plans to get a ride from a friend who is sober.

"She's gonna pick us up later on if we go downtown but for now we live in the area so we can just walk home," said McGowan.

Those who are not taking any of those options are calling cab companies like Royal Cab.

Owner Sohail Afridi said he has at least 45 drivers working, which is nine more than usual.

"Usually on the weekend we start getting busy by 8 to 8:30 p.m. but today we started getting busy at 12:30, 1o'clock and we're constantly getting calls," said Afridi.

According to Afridi, St. Patrick's Day weekend cabs are in high demand.

"It's the biggest event we have every year we are so busy. No matter if it is local people or students," said Afridi.

For McGowan, celebrating the holiday is part of her Irish heritage.

HPD will have check points for drunk drivers throughout the city until Monday.

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