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Police Step Up Enforcement for "Green" Holiday

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Curt Casper 

OMAHA (KPTM) – St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and law enforcement will once again be cracking down on drunk driving. Even though most will be starting the celebration at six in the morning, there are still safe ways to get home after the party.

Entertaining is just one of many words taxi driver Matt DeVore describes the "green" holiday.

"It doesn't matter if it is Tuesday or Sunday, it's the busiest day of the year," he said.

Once again, DeVore will be out driving around costumers for the tenth year in a row. To him, more people are turning to taxis after the celebration.

"Progressively getting busier and busier," he said.

Part of the stream of business may be attributed to the Hauptman O'Brien program provided by Happy Cabs of Omaha. The program allows individuals to take a free taxi ride any time of the day on Sunday; Hauptman O'Brien Wolf and Lathrop, P.C pay for the tab.

And law enforcement is encouraging more partiers to take advantage of the free services provided by taxi companies.

Douglas County Sheriff Lt. Rob Jones said, "Don't get behind the wheel if there is any doubt in your mind that you have too much."

The Omaha Police Department is also stepping up enforcement for the weekend thanks to a new grant. There will be extra officers on the street through Monday.

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