Thursday, July 25, 2024

Booze It & Lose It underway ahead of July 4 holiday

Throughout the July 4 holiday — June 24 to July 7 — more officers will be on patrol and checkpoints will be set up to thwart drunk drivers. (Port City Daily/File)

A campaign to keep drivers safe ahead of the Independence Day holiday has kicked off.

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The annual “Operation Firecracker Booze it and Lose it” campaign will be in effect until July 7, in an effort to thwart drunk driving statewide. There will be more law enforcement patrolling the streets and more checkpoints to remove impaired motorists from behind the wheel.

According to Mark Ezzell, the director of North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, there were 388 people who died last year due to drunk-driving — four of which occurred during the July 4th weekend.

“That’s unacceptable,” Ezzel said in a press release.

A total of 162 alcohol-related crashes happened this time last year, according to crash data from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The governor’s highway safety program encourages safe travels this holiday, including having a designated sober driver or calling a rideshare or taxi service while out and about.

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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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