WILMINGTON -- Saturday, St. Patrick's Day revelers and basketball fans will be packing bars and restaurants. And that means law enforcement will hit the streets and the sky as part of the state's booze it and lose it campaign. Downtown is a hot spot for St. Patrick's Day celebrations and as most of us know it's a holiday that is all about drinking. To help keep the roads safe police are setting up DWI checkpoints and for the first time ever they'll have eyes in the sky. They will use the sable helicopter to spot people stopping before checkpoints and getting out of their cars, throwing bottles out of the car or driving erratically. Police say the helicopter is a new and effective asset to the booze it and lose it campaign. Leland Police Chief Osey Sanders said, "But with the helicopter we could probably see as much as a mile before the checkpoint and a mile past the check point." Police say the checkpoints are to keep the roads safe, not only for sober drivers, but for drunk drivers putting their lives at risk. As usual the Leland police say if you're going to go out and have fun, have a designated driver or call a cab. They also say, if you can't find a cab you can flag down an officer and they'll help you call one. And here are some of the events you might want to check out this weekend. The Silver Coast Winery is hosting their annual Irish festival. There will be dancing, music and food. It all starts at 11:00 a.m. And the St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Wilmington will begin at 11:00 a.m. also. It starts at the Coastline Convention Center.
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