The North Carolina “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign continues through this weekend.
Stepped up saturation patrols and checking stations are part of the effort. The N.C. Department of Transportation urges citizens to designate a sober driver, call a sober friend, or otherwise “plan a safe way home before the fun begins.”
Officials also encourage the reporting of drunk drivers to local law enforcement.
The DOT reports there were 353 alcohol-related fatalities in North Carolina in 2013. The number of alcohol-related crashes in the state is down about a third this year, compared to the same time last year.