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St. Patrick's Day 'Booze it and Lose it' campaign will be out in full force

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JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - If you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. Otherwise, you could end with more than just a hefty bar tab.

Jacksonville Police, along with many other departments across North Carolina, are participating in the St. Patrick's day "Booze it and Lose it Campaign." When out on the road, you may see one of their traffic check points.

"We get word at the last minute of where the locations going to be and we go and set up, said Corporal Michael Frazier, of the Jacksonville Police Traffic Unit. "It takes us 20 minutes to set the site up and normally a site could go from one hour to three hours."

At the check points, officer will check drivers licenses and speak with those behind the wheel. If they believe someone is drinking, they will conduct more tests to determine their sobriety. Last year, 21 people were charged with DWI during this weekend campaign.

"If you're going to participate in the festivities this weekend, theres no luck in drinking and driving," said Corporal Frazier.

Jacksonville police recommend that you download a ride app or save the number of a taxi company in your phone before heading out and celebrating.

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