The N.C. Department of Transportation and Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off the 20th annual Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign on Friday.
Since the campaign’s inception, officers have arrested nearly 1.5 million drivers for driving while intoxicated. Despite increased enforcement efforts, 8,469 individuals died in alcohol-related crashes from 1994 to 2013.
Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols statewide day and night during the campaign, which runs through Sept. 1.
“Getting drunk drivers off the road has been and will continue to be one of our top priorities,” Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, said Friday.
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DWI task forces operate in Mecklenburg and eight other counties with the highest number of DWI-related deaths.