Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers through next week

The first Monday after day light saving time can be deadly. (Port City Daily photo | FILE)
Around 10% of fatalities happen around holidays due to drunk driving. (Port City Daily/File)

Operation Firecracker has kicked off across the state and will continue through July 11, according to the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

The initiative is launched in collaboration with Booze It and Lose It during the Independence Day holiday. Law enforcement statewide will crack down on drunk drivers.

In 2020, during the three-day July 4 holiday, the state reported 127 crashes with 110 injuries and 10 fatalities. Around 10% of fatalities from drunk driving happen around holidays.

Officials encourage anyone who drinks to utilize designated drivers, cabs and ride-share services rather than operate a vehicle under the influence. 

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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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