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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Transportation Secretary Gene Conti today announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force over the Halloween weekend as part of the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign. Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted Friday through Monday across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“Law enforcement officers across the state will make removing impaired drivers from our roads a top priority,” Conti said. “Take responsibility, always plan ahead and designate a sober driver before celebrating.”

In 2010, there were more than 139 alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina during the Halloween campaign, which ran from Oct. 29 through Oct. 31, resulting in four fatalities and 123 injuries.

Officers charged more than 700 North Carolina motorists with driving while impaired during the 2010 “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign. More than 2,300 stepped-up patrols and checkpoints were conducted.

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  • J@ck O Lantern

    I laugh out loud when I read the little “Booze it & Lose it” slogan.

    Having lived downtown for the past six years, I see almost every night young men and women who are obviously inTOXicated get behind the wheel of their car and drive off into the night.

    There’s one thing for sure about downtown Wilmington: they’ll booze it and get behind the wheel, but they sho won’t lose it (their licence, that is). It’s the sober drivers who might “lose it,” meaning their lives when the drunk driver plows into them.

    Twice this year I have been sideswiped by a drunk driver. I’m sick of the culture of alcohol and the havoc it’s wreaking on our society.

  • That Guy

    How about we step it up with other things as well like you do with this BS. Its amazing they put up road block and most of the time its just a inconvenience for most the people who are just trying to have fun and have done nothing wrong.

  • Guest461

    I’ve heard a lot of silly and nonsensical complaints on here, but I’ve gotta say, “YOURS takes the cake!”

    I have a wish for you. “May you or your loved one never encounter an unfortunate death or disability due to the irresponsible actions of a drunk driver.”

    That wish is to HELP you as you appear so ignorant that you don’t have the ability to do that for yourself, or others close to you.

    It’s becoming increasingly important to THINK these days. Try it.

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