State Highway Patrol launches impaired driving initiative

State Highway Patrol launches impaired driving initiative

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - The State Highway Patrol (SHP) is participating in the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Booze It & Lose It campaign to stress the importance of sober driving throughout Labor Day weekend.

Over Labor Day weekend, the SHP expects an increase in traffic congestion as motorists travel to vacation destinations.

Statewide, more than 500 law enforcement organizations will focus on multiple motor vehicle violations including excessive speeding, aggressive driving and driving while distracted. Special emphasis will be placed on removing impaired motorists to prevent needless collisions.

Last year, the SHP responded to more than 1,351 collisions throughout Labor Day weekend, 94 of those were due to impairment from either alcohol or drugs.

“Removing impaired drivers before they harm themselves or someone else is among our highest priorities throughout the holiday weekend,” said Colonel Glenn McNeill, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Ensuring safe travel is a shared responsibility among both law enforcement and those who travel across our great state.”

The SHP makes the following suggestions to motorists to avoid collisions:

  • Plan ahead and assign a designated driver
  • Use a ride sharing service if no designated driver is available
  • Prepare for delays by choosing alternative routes
  • Monitor speed limits and avoid distracted driving
  • Increase following distances

The Booze It & Lose It campaign concludes Sunday, September 13.

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