July 4 “Booze It & Lose It” campaign will include checkpoints across state

Here’s the press release from the NC Department of Transportation:

RALEIGH — Secretary Conti today announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force over the Fourth of July holiday as part of the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign. Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted today through Sunday, July 8, across the state in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“If you decide to celebrate this Independence Day by drinking, please be responsible and designate a sober driver,” Conti said. “Getting behind the wheel after drinking can have devastating consequences.”

Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace, Sheriff Ingram of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Taft of New Hanover Sheriff’s Office, LaRhonda Scott from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement kicked off the campaign at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach this morning.

There were 241 alcohol-related crashes during the Independence holiday week in 2011, which resulted in 3 fatalities and 196 injuries.

For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” or for citation totals, contact Don Nail (919) 733-3083, or visit the GHSP website.

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