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Booze It and Lose It at Work Over Holiday Weekend

Posted July 4, 1998

— The 4th of July holiday weekend is traditionally the deadliest for highway travelers. Troopers worked overtime to keep everyone safe this weekend, but they also kept their eyes peeled for drunk drivers as part of the Booze it and Lose It Campaign. In North Carolina county, the effort paid off.

Troopers were pulling plenty of drivers off the road in Harnett County, and some of them were intoxicated. They set up road-blocks throughout the county, and at one check point on River Road, a drunk driving arrest was made within the first 20 minutes of operation

"Last year on River Road here we had a fatality involving a drunk driver," said N.C. Trooper W.D. Stallings. "Since that time we've been setting up drivers license checks to prevent this from happening again.

Stallings said rural roads are often the site of such check points. He said there are many things they look for when they stop a driver.

"We're observing the condition of their eyes, their clothing, the manner in which they produce their drivers license, the odor of alcohol, and any unusual actions they may make that are caused by being impaired by alcohol," said Stallings.

Harnett is just one of the counties where road-blocks have been set up this weekend.

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