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Holiday Safe Driving Campaign Kicks Off

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols as part of the statewide “Booze It and Lose It” holiday enforcement effort that starts today and concludes Jan. 2.

“If you’re out celebrating this holiday season, make sure you have a sober ride home,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program (NCGHSP). “If you drive under the influence, you have a lot to lose. Not only could you kill yourself or someone else, but you could face thousands of dollars in court costs and fines, jail time, or a revoked license.”

The “Booze It and Lose It” holiday effort is the largest impaired driving campaign run by NCGHSP. Throughout the campaign, law enforcement agencies statewide will increase patrols looking for impaired drivers.

So far this year, 432 people have been killed in North Carolina in alcohol- or drug-related crashes. Deaths are down this year compared to the last two years. In 2021, 503 people died in impairment-related crashes, up from 500 in 2020. Deaths dropped in 2019 to 403, after hitting 463 in 2018.

The N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program reminds all travelers to stay safe on the roads this holiday season by:

  • Never driving impaired and always finding a safe ride home

  • Buckling your seatbelt when riding in any seat in the vehicle

  • Following the speed limit

For more driver safety tips and program information, follow us @NCGHSP on Facebook and @NC_GHSP on Twitter and Instagram.

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