NC Highway Patrol reminds motorists to not drink and drive

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Gov. Bev Perdue is reminding residents who plan to celebrate New Year's with a toast at midnight to not drink and drive.

State and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the holiday booze it and lose it campaign to remove impaired drivers off the road.

"As the holiday season comes to a close and we ring in a new year, I encourage all motorists to celebrate smart this weekend," said Perdue in a statement. "If your celebration includes alcohol, have a designated driver or alternative transportation and start the new year off on the right foot."

According to the Governor's Office, there were 46 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 3 fatalities last New Year's Eve.

The GHSP offers the following tips for planning and hosting a New Year's celebration:

As you celebrate

  • Plan ahead: Designate a sober driver or schedule alternate transportation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and do not venture out alone.
  • Make sure your friends have safe transportation for the evening.
  • Do not let friends drink and drive.

As you host a celebration

  • Provide non-alcoholic beverages and designate someone at your party to stay sober.
  • Have an alternate transportation plan in place for your guests, including taxi contact information or overnight accommodations.
  • Remind your guests to buckle up when driving home.
  • No matter what, do not let your guests drive home if they have been drinking.

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