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Booze It and Lose It to launch ahead of Labor Day

Booze It and Lose It will take place for the Labor Day holiday from Aug. 28 through Sept. 1. (Port City Daily/File)

Patrols will increase ahead of and after the Labor Day holiday in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving.

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The campaign North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety program Booze It and Lose It will be in effect statewide from Aug. 28 through Sept. 10. This means there will be heavier law enforcement presence on the road, including checkpoints to prevent fatal accidents cause by impaired driving.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, it’s the leading cause deaths in North Carolina vehicle crashes, as well as nationwide. More than 9,000 lives have been lost in alcohol-related crashes statewide since Booze It and Lose it started in 1994.

According to the highway safety program, in 2021 — the most recent data available on its website — there were 156 checkpoints put up in the tri-county region during BILI campaigns: 22 in Brunswick, 24 in New Hanover, and 110 in Pender.

“Motorists caught driving while impaired could face jail time, lose their driving privileges and pay an average of $10,000 in fines, towing fees and other expenses associated with a DWI.”

Last Labor Day, local agencies that set up a checkpoint at Greenfield and Third streets doled out 101 citations, of which eight were DWIs.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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