Safety campaign for holidays started

Dec. 18, 2013 @ 10:04 PM

Law enforcement agencies across the state have launched the annual Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign.

Started officially last weekend, motorists will be encouraged to practice safer driving techniques and be more highly monitored through Sunday, Jan. 5, when the campaign comes to a close. Last year’s campaign over roughly three weeks netted 3,147 arrests for driving while impaired on North Carolina roads.

Deaths as the result of impaired drivers were down more than 30 percent when the campaign kicked off. Two weeks into December a year ago, there were 409 alcohol-related fatalities compared to 291 this year.

In a prepared statement, Don Nail of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program said, “This is a joyous time of the year. Law enforcement across the state is working to ensure it stays that way by catching those who make a bad decision and drive after consuming too much alcohol.”

Checkpoints will be set up across the state during the campaign, and are expected in the Tri-County area.

The GHSP programs regularly help increase safety on the roads of North Carolina. A Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign yielded 3,666 violations. Halloween Booze It & Lose It resulted in 842 arrests for driving while impaired, and a Labor Day campaign netted nearly 2,900 for impaired driving.