Annapolis police to increase DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo

May 5 celebration has become party holiday

April 30, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Annapolis police will increase drunken-driving patrols on Wednesday, as Cinco de Mayo has increasingly become a celebration marked by drinking.

Drunken-driving saturation patrols will be looking for impaired drivers and placing a greater emphasis on traffic safety throughout the city on Cinco de Mayo, police said.

The May 5 holiday marks the 1862 Battle of Puebla, when a smaller Mexican army turned back French invaders. Annapolis police said Cinco de Mayo is a concern because it has become a drinking and partying holiday like Saint Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras.

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