Law enforcement staffing up for St. Patrick's holiday patrols

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Officers know Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and drinking go hand-in-hand. They want to make sure those same hands holding a pint of beer aren't the ones steering a car afterwards.

Law enforcement agencies across the county are staffing up this holiday weekend to crack down on alcohol-related violations.

"It can be easy to get caught up in the fun. But if you've had any alcohol, do not get behind the wheel," urged Sgt. Jeff Benton with Horry County Police.

As the chairman for the CAST Coalition in Horry County, Sgt. Benton that warned law enforcement across the county will have full staff out all weekend, looking for impaired drivers.

As the holiday falls on a Monday, there will be extended patrols from Friday until early Tuesday morning.

In addition, the holiday weekend is coinciding with Spring Break for many schools.

"We won't only be looking for people under the influence, but also those underage," said Sgt. Benton.

The CAST Coalition will target underage drinking throughout the holiday.

"Officers will be out, in uniform and in plain clothes. Looking for locations where people are drinking underage, or serving to underage, or house parties with underage drinkers," said Sgt. Benton.

Drinking underage has severe consequences, Sgt. Benton warned, from losing driving privileges to hefty fines and jail time.

The person drinking won't be the only one to get fined. If you provide alcohol to someone underage, you could also get charged.

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