Posted by Debra Worley - email
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - In 2008 5 people died as a result from alcohol-related crashes during Halloween weekend. More than 140 were injured.
In an effort to keep residents safe, state and local law enforcement officers will be cracking down on impaired drivers during the Halloween Booze it and Lose it campaign.
"Halloween should be a time of fun and family with no room for irresponsible behavior," said Gov. Bev Perdue in a statement. "I urge North Carolinians to be smart, think ahead and not drink and drive."
For a safer Halloween, the Governor's Highway Safety Program recommends these simple tips:
- Designate your sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to help get you home safely;
- Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
- Always buckle up-it is still your best defense against an impaired driver; and
- Remember, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.