Saint Patrick's Day Dos and Don'ts - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

03/15/06

Saint Patrick's Day Dos and Don'ts

Capt. Long uses a computer to monitor the surveillance cameras. Capt. Long uses a computer to monitor the surveillance cameras.

Saint Patrick's Day is just two days away. Before the big day gets here, police want to make sure you know what's allowed and what isn't. And they warn there will be more surveillance cameras overlooking the festival.

Police will also be enforcing relatively new laws which took effect last year--no alcohol if you are in the parade, and you can't sell lewd beads.

Everything else is pretty much the same, yet every year police have to remind people about the rules, because every year people break them.

"It's important to promote safety throughout the event," said Capt. Gerry Long with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. "The point is we want to have a safe event for the police department and all of our tourists and all who come to the festival."

To do that, police want to make sure you know the dos and don'ts of Saint Patrick's Day. They say do obey the laws and city ordinances.

"It's surprising that people come here to this city and do things that are illegal in their hometown," noted Capt. Long.

That means don't flash for beads. "It may not seem like a big deal, but it is because it causes problems in the crowd," she said.

Don't urinate in public, and don't get into a fight. If you do, keep in mind police are watching you. "We actually have more cameras in place this year," Capt. Long told us. "We've spread them out and we will have people monitoring them."

Police do want you to have a good time, but don't get caught with alcohol in a glass container or in a cup over 16 ounces.

There is one way to avoid all the don'ts altogether. "My best advice for a do for Saint Patrick's Day is to stay at home and watch all the fun on TV," advised Savannahian Nancy Strobel.

We are supposed to have beautiful weather this year, and everyone is expecting a huge turnout. But remember, just because it's Saint Patrick's Day, that doesn't mean you don't have to obey the law.

Make plans now to be with WTOC for the festivities. The fun begins at 8am Friday morning with the live broadcast of the Saint Patrick's Day mass and continues throughout the parade. 

The official SCMPD dos and don'ts list is available at www.scmpd.org.

Click here for WTOC's 2006 guide to all the fun.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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