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Bailey police take part in DWI crackdown

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BAILEY — Participating in highway safety events is a good way to save town taxpayers money while earing valuable equipment, said Police Chief Steve Boraski.

Bailey police participated in the annual St. Patrick’s Day impaired driving enforcement campaign over the weekend.

“We participate in all Governor’s Highway Safety Program events,” Boraski said.

By taking part in past events, the Bailey Police Department earned enough points to receive a Python 3 radar unit for its new cruiser, Boraski said.

Local law enforcement agencies receive points for participating in enforcement campaigns. The points can be used to obtain otherwise expensive gear and equipment from the state, according to information from the program.

Law enforcement members from around the state kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day event at Raleigh’s Pit Restaurant on Thursday.

The N.C. Highway Patrol worked with local agencies during the Booze It & Lose It campaign. Drunken driving accounts for nearly a third of statewide vehicle-related fatalities, said Miracle King, a communications specialist with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Statistics show that drunken driving deaths during St. Patrick’s Day are generally 8% higher than the national daily rate with 44% of the people killed between the ages of 21 and 34. And 51% of all nighttime fatalities each St. Patrick’s Day are due to drunken driving.

Drunken driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day are seven times more likely to take place after sundown, according to data provided by the NCDOT.