Ocean Pines to Offer ‘Safe Ride Home Program’ for St. Patty’s Day Parade Weekend
“It’s important that the association provides safe, reliable transportation to residents and guests as they partake in St. Patrick’s Day Parade activities in the area,” said Denise Sawyer, public relations director of the Ocean Pines Association. “Our officers make a point to be extra cautious during alcohol-related holidays.”
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays in America. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show more than 250 people have died in drunken driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011-2015.
The free St. Patrick’s Day Parade weekend rides begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, and continue until 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. The service will be for patrons of the Cove at Mumford’s restaurant in Ocean Pines. The Safe Ride Home program will also be offered next weekend, 9 p.m. on Friday, March 17, until 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. The program is limited to Ocean Pines community-limits.
Additionally, the Ocean City Police Department warns visitors an locals alike about increased traffic congestion this weekend due to the parade and other festivities. From the Ocean City Police Department Facebook page;
“Traffic delays are expected in the mid-town area by 10 a.m. on Saturday due to the parade. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Coastal Hwy beginning at 10 a.m. and will last until approximately 2 p.m. or later. Avoid the area and use Route 50 to get in to town.”
For more information about the Ocean Pines’ Safe Ride Home program, call (410) 641-7717, ext. 3006.