NC safety officials warn against drunk driving

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Those who pull out all the stops for St. Patrick's Day could find themselves stopped by police at drunk-driving checkpoints this week as part of a statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign.

Transportation Secretary Gene Conti says the campaign runs through Thursday and involves checkpoints and increased patrols. Stiff penalties, including loss of driving privileges, will be imposed on anyone caught driving while drunk.

Safety officials say St. Patrick's Day is often associated with alcohol use. About 150 alcohol-related crashes and four deaths occurred in North Carolina during the week of March 17, 2010.

Conti recommends designated drivers or taxi services for those celebrating with alcohol. He urges anyone who sees what appears to be a drunk driver on the road to call police.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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No one is really serious about getting drunks off the highways, the statement "Stiff penalties, including loss of driving privileges, will be imposed on anyone caught driving while drunk" is bull. That statement only applies to the little man, it all depends on who you are. If a "big wig" such as a politicial or lawyers gets caught driving drunk it will be quashed and you'll be lucky to even know that they were ticketed so please don't try the "anyone" caught driving drunk....that's not going to happen this weekend (St. Patrick's) or any weekend unless you're not very high on the totem pole.

Or insurance.

to this statement "including loss of driving privileges"

WHO cares when you can just jump on a scooter on the SAME ROADS, save money and not care if you have a license or not!