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Drunk drivers targeted during St. Patrick's Day crackdown


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Law enforcement agencies are cracking down across the state. Today they kicked off the St. Patrick's Day "Booze it & Lose it" campaign by unveiling the new BATMobile.

The Breath Alcohol Testing Unit, or BATMobile, will help officers bust drunk drivers.

Officials spoke about the importance of making responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel during a news conference at Wilmington's Legion Stadium.

Inside the BATMobile there are six stations for officers to perform breath concentration tests, two magistrate stations and surveillance cameras.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says every driver they catch on the road is a potential life being saved.

"It's saving lives every day, and that's what's very important to us: getting impaired drivers and aggressive drivers off the roadways, who are endangering everyone's lives is our priority," Ingram said.

Governor's Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace says if you drink and drive you will get caught.

Last year more than 800 people across the state were charged with DWI during the St. Patrick's Day campaign.

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