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Play it safe on St. Patrick's Day, don't drink and drive

Posted March 13, 2009

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— State and local law enforcement officers will be cracking down this weekend as part of Governor Perdue's Highway Safety Program’s “Booze It & Lose It” St. Patrick’s Day campaign.

There were 156 alcohol-related crashes on state roads last St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which ended in four fatalities and 120 injuries, according to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign begins Friday and ends March 17.

Officers will conduct stepped-up patrols and checkpoints statewide throughout the weekend.

Troopers ask motorists to:

  • Plan a safe way home before a celebration begins.
  • If you are impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to call your local law enforcement.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.
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  • cpk1979 Mar 16, 2009

    Drunk Driving is a horrible, horrible crime. It takes lives, ruins families. It truly is a blight on our community.

    My problem is the way our local media potrays St. Patricks Day. Every year I see ST. Patricks day getting slammed for Drunk Driving.

    What about Cinco de Mayo? Or is that holiday to sacred for the local media to cover. I mean, this sounds just like the line from the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles. "...... but we don't want the Irish!"

    Ah, thats right, the Irish don't have a politcal activist group to represent them.

    Amazing!

  • colliedave Mar 13, 2009

    as an aside, one of the worst things a person can do is to get drunk on Irish Coffee; that way one is wide-awake, hyper, and drunk.

  • time4real Mar 13, 2009

    oh yeah folks in southeast wake county, don't DARE drink and drive, they're going to have their precious road blocks up and will see ya' comin'! WooHoo, party!