WILMINGTON -- More than one million Carolinians are expected to travel for the July Fourth holiday. The name of the campaign says it all: Booze it and Lose it. State and local police are not taking the July Fourth holiday lightly. N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. J.O. Holmes said, "We will have every available person working this weekend. The guys know ahead of time this isn't a week or weekend they're going to ask off." The Booze it or Lose it, Operation: Firecracker campaign is in full force through July 8. Expect checkpoints throughout the state and stepped-up patrols. Local bar owners are also doing their part. Jerry Allen's co-owner Kelly Baucom said, "We have three guys that are constantly, always patrolling, making sure no one's walking out of the bar with alcohol." Baucom says he's working with police over the holiday to make the area as safe as possible. Baucom said, "The cops are always at the door, talking to us, making sure everything's fine." Across the street at Lagerheads owner Jim Carter agrees. Carter said, "We're here to work with them. We don't want to be part of the problem we want to be part of the solution." Police and bar owners say their goal is for you to enjoy the holiday weekend and follow one main rule. Sgt. Holmes said, "Above all else do not drink and drive. If you're going to go to a party, if you're going to have alcohol in your system at all, please don't get behind the wheel of a car." Police aren't disclosing the location of the checkpoints, but Sgt. Holmes assured me they will be in [every county] keeping an eye out for drunk drivers, and people driving without a license."
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