Designating a sober driver

Statewide Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign kicks off
Aug. 15, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

With summer winding down and students heading back to school, state and local law enforcement are encouraging motorists to remember to not drink and drive and to designate a sober driver behind the wheel.

As part of North Carolina's ongoing anti-drunk driving campaign, the Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP) is teaming up with the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state to officially begin this year's Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign.

The Booze It & Lose It campaign runs today through Labor Day weekend and ends on Sept. 1.

During that time, law enforcement agencies and DWI task forces across the state will step up patrols to cite drunk drivers on Interstates, major highways, rural two-lane roads and city streets to help keep roads safe.

For the 2013 Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign, which ran Aug. 16-Sept. 2, Rutherford County law enforcement officers implemented 60 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols, resulting in nine driving while impaired (DWI) arrests.

Statewide, the 2013 campaign had 13,386 checkpoints and patrols, netting 2,866 DWI arrests. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Wake (257), Guilford (220) and Mecklenburg (181).

According to law enforcement, DWI charges often lead to additional citations including speeding citations, safety belt violations, driving while license revoked charges, uninsured motorist violations and reckless driving charges.

During the 2013 Labor Day campaign, Rutherford County traffic law charges and violations included 186 speeding, 74 safety belt, 34 driving while license revoked, 21 uninsured motorist and six reckless driving.

Booze It & Lose It campaigns often utilize BATMobile Units, mobile breath-alcohol testing units used to increase the efficiency of on-site DWI processing. Each BATMobile is equipped with several workstations for Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test instruments, computers, printers, cellular phones, screening test devices, magistrates' work area and all other necessary equipment and supplies for processing DWI suspects.

The Booze It & Lose It campaign is one of several enforcement programs used by state and local law enforcement officers to help keep drivers safe on state highways and county roads, not only on holidays but also during every day of the year.

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Don't Drink and Drive

The Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign kicks off today and runs through Sept. 1.