'Booze It & Lose It' kicks off today

Dec 07, 2012
Photo by: DeeAnna Haney Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Carver administers a breathalyzer test to a suspect during a recent checkpoint.

RALEIGH — State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted beginning Friday, Dec. 7, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“Make the responsible decision to designate a driver if you plan to drink this holiday season,” Conti said. “The choice you make could save a life.”

In 2011, there were more than 950 alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina during the holiday campaign, which ran from Dec. 3 through Jan. 2, resulting in 44 fatalities and 702 injuries.

Officers charged more than 3,600 North Carolina motorists with driving while impaired during the 2011 Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. More than 10,000 stepped-up patrols and checkpoints were conducted.

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