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Drinking-Related Patrols Increase Tonight

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Tonight is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for many bars throughout the D.C. region. That also means it will be a busy night for police.

Tonight Corporal Nicholas Augustine and his fellow Montgomery County police officers will increase their patrols looking for drunk drivers, as they usually see an increase during the holiday season.

But, according to Augustine, the night before Thanksgiving brings other problems: "This is the first time most college students are coming from when they went to college in September. So, some may have false IDs they receive, so we'll have plainclothes officers looking for false identifications, dealing with disorderly conduct, urinating in public, drinking in vehicles."

Officers will also find their share of underage drinking parties. Augustine says complaints from neighbors aren't the only way those are discovered.

"Some people post open public events on Facebook, and we go through the site and look for these," he says.

Augustine says the two worst days for drunk drivers during the holidays are tonight and the last Friday before Christmas.

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