Posted by Debra Worley - email
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - There were 11,968 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 433 fatalities in North Carolina last year, according to the governor's office.
In an effort to reduce those numbers in 2009, officers will step up patrols during the Labor Day Booze It and Lose It campaign (Aug. 21 - Sept. 7).
Additional checkpoints and patrols will be conducted statewide throughout the campaign.
"Under no circumstance is drinking and driving acceptable in North Carolina," said Gov. Bev Perdue in a statement. "For 15 years, the 'Booze It & Lose It' initiative has played a critical role in protecting our citizens by educating the public and cracking down on impaired driving. We'll keep using this life-saving campaign as a tool to enforce our state's anti-drinking and driving laws."
The Booze It and Lose It initiative began in 1994 and was created to zero in on impaired drivers. Since the launch of the program, law enforcement agencies have conducted more than 194,000 checkpoints and patrols during campaigns, resulting in more than 103,000 DWI citations.