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Latest 'booze it' campaign promoting Halloween safety

Posted October 25, 2012

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— With Halloween festivities and parties beginning as early as this weekend, law enforcement agencies around the state will up their efforts to combat drunken driving beginning Thursday with the latest “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

Authorities will step up patrols and checkpoints through Oct. 31, and five mobile breath-alcohol testing units – called BATMobiles by law enforcement officials – will allow DWIs to be processed on scene.

In 2011, authorities charged more than 750 people with DWI during its Halloween-week crackdown.

During the last “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, more than 2,700 North Carolina motorists were arrested for driving while impaired. Officials issued a total of 94,125 traffic and criminal citations, including 6,691 safety belt and 1,172 child passenger safety violations. More than 24,000 people received speeding tickets.

Last year, nearly 400 people died in alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina.

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  • GravyPig Oct 25, 6:03 p.m.

    "The laws that we have are plenty strict almost to the point of Draconian: making them tougher is not the answer. Enforcing what is on the books is the answer."

    Darn right. These fools get too many chances to make things right and in most cases go right back to another DWI.

  • Da Toy Maker Oct 25, 4:45 p.m.

    Kermit60 & GravyPig:

    Totally agree with you two on this. Personally, one dead is too many consider it is totally preventable!

    Hope everyone have a SAFE holiday season!
    Peace!

  • Hip-Shot Oct 25, 4:37 p.m.

    The laws that we have are plenty strict almost to the point of Draconian: making them tougher is not the answer. Enforcing what is on the books is the answer. That and realizing that throwing a repeat offender under the bus is not necessarily the solution ...realizing that they need help might be the answer.

  • GravyPig Oct 25, 3:21 p.m.

    "So many think this is police harassment, quota grabs, done for the money etc, until they are the ones who lose a child, friend or are hit by the drunk. Then they demand an explanation as to why th police allowed this guy to drive. It's sad that our society considers killing or injuring someone while driving under the influance as such a minor offense."

    I don't think we see eye to eye on a lot fo things Kermit, but I whole heartedly agree with that statement.

    "Make sure NO ONE HAS FUN IN THIS TOWN!!!"

    Some people just don't get it.

  • kermit60 Oct 25, 2:38 p.m.

    So many think this is police harassment, quota grabs, done for the money etc, until they are the ones who lose a child, friend or are hit by the drunk. Then they demand an explanation as to why th police allowed this guy to drive. It's sad that our society considers killing or injuring someone while driving under the influance as such a minor offense.

  • Jimmytwotimes Oct 25, 2:07 p.m.

    This is the one law I believe should be zero tolerance. One drink or any drugs in your system and you should not be driving anything, even a bicycle! Get a designated driver please. Even one beer is too much to be driving

    Seriously? give it a break man, the only people who cause alcohol related crashes generally are blowing over .20 I feel the BAC for NC should be .15.

  • WageSlave Oct 25, 1:44 p.m.

    Make sure you show them your papers when you go through those checkpoints!

  • WageSlave Oct 25, 1:43 p.m.

    "Last year, nearly 400 people died in alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina."

    Dang, that is 400 more than Marijuana.

  • Tax Man Oct 25, 1:11 p.m.

    This is the one law I believe should be zero tolerance. One drink or any drugs in your system and you should not be driving anything, even a bicycle! Get a designated driver please. Even one beer is too much to be driving.

  • SilverWolf Oct 25, 1:02 p.m.

    Any reason to bring out the police state in full force will do. What would be unique is if the Gov and State Patrol had the nads to admit it rather than dropping that tired old line of "it is for the citizens benefit. Hogwash!!! Its for the benefit of the state and nothing more. Be honest when you are trying to screw the citizen, fellas. I can respect honesty.

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