While the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and rebuilding from Hurricane Dorian damage continue on the island, law enforcement on Ocracoke in July and August has had an easier time.

“It’s not been bad with the bars closed,” said Cpl. Blackburn Warner, one of the Ocracoke Hyde County Sheriff deputies.

Late night nightlife on the island has ground to a halt with the loss of Gaffer’s and while Dajio is being rebuilt (with the hope of opening by September).

“We kind of get run around during the day, but not so much at night.”

During the day, the deputies have issued numerous golf cart infractions, such as having a child on an adult’s lap and underage drivers, which  

Children under age 8 must wear a seat belt. Infants must have their appropriate seat strapped in, and all children need their own place to sit (not on your lap).

From June 16 to July 15, Warner reported the following infractions:

One larceny; two minor vehicle crashes; one vehicle crash with injuries; one damage to property; one dog bite (the animal was quarantined); two DWIs; one simple possession of marijuana and one hit-and-run to a car.

The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department reported the following calls in the same period:

Three medical responders; two medevacs via helicopter and one fire call.