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Ocean City, MD – The Ocean City Police Department, along with allied agencies, will be conducting additional impaired driving enforcement during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Ocean City.

Each year, the Ocean City Police Department is awarded grant funding for additional impaired driving enforcement. This year, a collective 84 hours of specialized enforcement will be conducted in the Town of Ocean City from March 9th through March 12th and again from March 15th through 19th. This will cover the St. Patrick’s Day Parade weekend and the actual holiday weekend.

Officers conducting this specialized enforcement will be on patrol looking for drug and/or alcohol-impaired drivers. Residents and visitors can expect to see additional Ocean City Police Department officers on patrol, along with Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police.

Looking back at the same timeframe in 2022, our officers made a total of seven driving while under the influence arrests. Two of those arrests were results of property damage crashes where the drivers were found to be almost double the legal limit. The Ocean City Police strives to ensure our community and roadways are safe.

If you are planning to celebrate the upcoming holiday festivities, make a plan ahead of time to ensure a safe way home. Our friendly and knowledgeable bus drivers will be glad to take you down to our South Division Street Transit Center or the North end Transit Center or anywhere in between. A $3 Ride-All-Day pass allows you to ride from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the next morning. Buses are running approximately every 30 minutes. We have a lot of taxis and rideshare options available if you would like a more direct option. Make a plan ahead of time and enjoy everything the Town of Ocean City has to offer.

The Ocean City Police Department is prepared and proactively handling criminal violations and citizen complaints of illegal activity to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. We want to remind citizens that if they see something suspicious, or have concerns about possible criminal activity occurring in Ocean City, reach out to us. We encourage you to call our Tip Line at 410-520-5136, email us at crimetips@oceancitymd.gov or contact the Police Department directly at 410-723-6610.

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