The Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held today starting at t 11:00 AM. The Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Town of Erin, has taken steps to ensure that the parade route and surrounding highways will be as safe as possible for motorists and pedestrians. The practice of some groups to establish large party areas along the highway used for the parade route have caused traffic and pedestrian hazards and significant delays in reopening the highway following the parade. The presence of oversize vehicles, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers, and the temporary structures associated with these groups contribute to the hazards along the highway. These hazards significantly delay the clearing of the parade route and encourage excessive drinking both before and after the parade. To address these concerns and to ensure the safety of everyone wishing to attend the parade, guidelines have been established. Only passenger vehicles and trucks not exceeding one ton in capacity will be allowed to park along the parade route. Vehicles which are prohibited from parking on the parade route include recreational vehicles, towed or pickup campers, motor homes, buses, oversize vehicles and/or trailers of any kind. No temporary structures or shelters will be permitted on the parade route, including pole tents, frame tents, awnings, canopies or similar structures. Use of private property along the parade route is at the discretion of the property owners. Vehicles will only be permitted to enter the parade route for the purposes dropping off passengers. Once the parade route is deemed full all vehicular traffic will be restricted. In addition to the above steps the Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra Deputies all day around the county dedicated to enforcing traffic laws including detecting and arresting drivers for OWI violations.