RALEIGH — North Carolina leads the nation in its efforts to reduce drunk driving, but yet the statistics are still alarming. On average, 453 people a year in North Carolina die in alcohol-related crashes.
MADD -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- kicked off North Carolina Sobriety Checkpoint Week Wednesday at the state Capitol, pledging to remind people not to drink and drive.
"Just last Friday, a
woman in Raleigh
-- a business owner at Crabtree Valley Mall, was killed in the parking lot by someone who had been drinking and driving. This case and so many others like it prove that drunk driving crashes can happen anywhere and anytime," says North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.
MADD's campaign comes just before the busy Labor Day weekend. It is estimated that half the people killed on the nation's highways this week will die in alcohol-related crashes.