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Rockingham Police Department to crack down on drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign

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ROCKINGHAM — If you decide to drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day, luck will not be on your side in Rockingham.

The Rockingham Police Department will increase patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads during the statewide St. Patrick’s Day Booze it or lose it campaign, March 14-20.

“We know alcohol tends to be a part of St. Patrick’s day celebrations, but we implore our citizens to consume responsibly and avoid getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking. Have a plan to get home safely so you don’t risk seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else, or racking up hundreds of dollars in fines with a DWI charge,” said Chief George Gillenwater.

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Since 2018, 105 motorists have been killed or seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes on North Carolina roads during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign period.

Increased enforcement during specific campaign periods year-round is a key part of making North Carolina roads safer.

2021 marked the most traffic fatalities across the state since 1973.

 

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