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Statewide “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Underway

Today (March 11) until March 17, statewide law enforcement officials will increase saturation patrols and driver checkpoints, with a focus on rural roads, to keep travelers safe. The St. Patricks Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is underway.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hosted the statewide kickoff event Friday (March 8) in Louisburg for the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s holiday campaign. A total of 229 alcohol-related crashes and five fatalities occurred on North Carolina roads during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign period. A news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation emphasizes that these numbers are a sobering reminder that there are severe consequences for reckless behavior.

Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Mark Ezzell said in a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, “Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we anticipate that alcohol consumption will increase both on the 17th and the weekend leading up to the holiday. Don’t take a chance. Designating a sober driver or using ride-sharing services and public transportation is the only safe alternative.”

There were more than 12,000 alcohol-involved cras​he​s in North Carolina in 2023, resulting in 367 deaths. The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign complements the greater effort of NC Vision Zero​, a traffic safety initiative focused on eliminating deaths and serious injuries on North Carolina roadways while improving access to safe, sustainable and equitable mobility for everyone.

[News release from North Carolina Department of Transportation]