St. Patrick’s Day proves busy for Greater Victoria first responders


First responders across Greater Victoria had their work cut out for them Saturday, as St. Patrick’s Day mischief was in full swing.

Victoria police said it was a busy night shift, as they attended to a total of 82 calls for service ? that ranged from an indecent act, to erratic drivers and thefts.

The numbers do not include social disorder responses that didn’t generate a call, as police were patrolling parts of Victoria.

“Officers [were] proactively patrolling Government street and talking to revelers and encouraging those who are a bit too far into the good spirits to call it an evening,” said a spokesperson from Victoria police.

Saanich police took six impaired drivers off the road, posing on social media that “Maybe those 6 drivers didn’t think green beer counted.”.

“The number of drivers we encountered at that roadblock that were impaired was surprising,” said Staff Seargent Andy Walsh of the Saanich police . “The night shift officers certainly found that there was a lot of volume of traffic and that there were a lot of people out.”

The roadblock was set up on the Trans Canada Highway near Tillicum road.

B.C. Emergency Health Services responded to a total of 104 calls in Greater Victoria from 12 p.m. to midnight yesterday.

The Saanich Fire Department also said it was a busier night than normal.

“It was a Saturday night, which coincided with, of course, St. Patrick’s Day this year,” said station captain Dale Peebles. “I would say that probably contributed to a slight increase.”


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