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If you decide to drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day, luck will not be on your side with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies will increase patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads during the statewide St. Patrick’s Day Booze It or Lose It enforcement campaign through March 19.

Some St. Patrick’s Day celebrations may include alcohol. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker encourages those celebrating to think twice before you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle risking injuring or killing yourself or someone else. “If you drive buzzed, it could cost you a pot of gold” McVicker said.

In 2022, 225 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 11 deaths occurred on North Carolina roads during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign period. Bladen County had 44 crashes and 1 fatality from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

For more information about the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort in Bladen County, contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.