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Labor Day Holiday Highway Campaign Underway

State and local law enforcement officers will be out in force over the next several days as part of the “Labor Day Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

Increased patrols and checkpoints will be conducted statewide through Sept. 10, to keep impaired drivers off North Carolina roads.

The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign aims to eliminate impaired driving using outreach and stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Nearly every law enforcement agency in North Carolina participates in the 29-year-old campaign.

Agencies involved in this effort include the N.C Governor’s Highway Safety Program, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement.

Alcohol is a leading contributor to fatal crashes in North Carolina, according to crash data compiled by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Between 2017 and 2022, North Carolina has averaged more than one alcohol-related vehicle fatality each day. Last year, there were 462 alcohol-related fatalities on North Carolina roads and 16 of those deaths came during the Labor Day period.