The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) is running the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign through this Sunday.
Program director Don Nail said, “Law enforcement agencies and DWI task forces across the state will step up patrols during this campaign to cite drunk drivers and help keep our roads safe.”
To help combat drunk driving over the Independence Day holiday, the program is teaming up with the state Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create seven DWI task forces across the state. Officials say the program is working to implement more task forces in cities and counties where drunk-driving-related deaths are prevalent.
According to figures from the GHSP, during last year’s “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, there were 1,937 DWI citations issued statewide, but also 361 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 17 fatalities.