35-year-old Eric Seth Adams of Laurel Hill Road in Newland and 58-year-old Rodney Winfred Crisp…
This holiday season, the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program joins local and state law enforcement to urge drivers against impaired driving. The statewide “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which began Monday (December 11) and ends on January 1, aims to raise awareness and deter people from driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and all impairing substances.
Mark Ezzell, director of GHSP said in a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), “More than 25 percent of all N.C. crash fatalities in 2022 involved drivers who were under the influence of alcohol.”
According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, 471 alcohol related crash fatalities occurred in 2022.
Now until January 1., law enforcement agencies throughout the state will increase the number of sobriety checkpoints and patrols in heavily trafficked areas. The goal of these checkpoints is to reinforce the message that there is a zero-tolerance approach toward driving under the influence.
According to the NCDOT news release, plenty of options are available to help drivers arrive safely at their destination, like designating a sober driver or calling a taxi or rideshare service. You can go to www.ncdot.gov to search for all available public transportation in any North Carolina city or county.