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Police Crack Down on Drunk Drivers With Booze It & Lose It Campaign

Posted November 20, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— The holiday season is the time of year for parties, and police are once again warning people not to drink and drive.

DWI checkpoints were set up Saturday night in Cary, and many communities statewide are kicking off theBooze It & Lose Itcampaign that runs through Dec. 5.

The state also has a new crime fighter on its side, a third "Batmobile" or breath alcohol testing mobile unit.

You could call it one-stop shopping when it comes to arresting drunk drivers.

"You have a magistrate right on board. You can process people two at a time, and we have a paddy wagon outside and get up a load and go to the jail instead of having to do it one at a time," explained Joe Parker of theGovernor's Highway Safety Program.

Parker says even though they have been really cracking down on drunk drivers, they have actually had fewer DWI arrests.

He says that suggests the program is working.