Booze It and Lose It holiday enforcement campaign begins in North Carolina

Law enforcement to step up patrols of impaired drivers through Jan. 2.
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(Photo: NC State Highway Patrol)

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Christmas lights won’t be the only thing lighting up the night this holiday season.

Starting Monday, through Jan. 2, law enforcement officers will be stepping up patrols across the state to stop impaired drivers as part of the “Booze It & Lose It” holiday enforcement effort.

“If you’re out celebrating this holiday season, make sure you have a sober ride home,” said Mark Ezzell, program director of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program, or NCGHSP. “If you drive under the influence, you have a lot to lose. Not only could you kill yourself or someone else, but you could face thousands of dollars in court costs and fines, jail time, or a revoked license.”

The “Booze It & Lose It” holiday enforcement effort is the largest of such campaigns operated each year by NCGHSP. During the 2020 campaign, officers issued more than 1,700 violations for driving while intoxicated.

To date, 326 people have lost their lives on North Carolina roads in impaired driving crashes in 2021.

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