Booze it or Lose it for Saint Patrick's Week
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, state officials in North Carolina are urging people to celebrate responsibly and never drink and drive.
The St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" enforcement campaign will take place from March 13-19, with law enforcement agencies increasing patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads. Last year, 225 motorists were killed or seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes during the weeklong campaign. Director of the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program, Mark Ezzell, emphasized the importance of planning ahead and finding a safe way home. Colonel Freddy Johnson, Jr., commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, echoed this sentiment, adding that all of the deaths could have been prevented. For those who choose to drink, options like calling a friend, taking public transit, or calling a cab are strongly encouraged. Increased enforcement during specific campaign periods is a crucial part of making North Carolina roads safer.