North Carolina Runs Special ‘Booze it & Lose it’ Blitz

August 8, 2008

North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley announced that law enforcement officers across the state will conduct a one-day “Booze It & Lose It” enforcement blitz today — 08.08.08, as a reminder for motorists not to drink and drive.

The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program is coordinating the campaign, which symbolizes North Carolina’s blood alcohol concentration limit of .08.

“Our ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaigns accomplish two goals: removing drunk drivers from the roads and educating the public about the danger of impaired driving,” said Easley. “This one-day enforcement blitz is a good reminder to motorists that drinking alcohol and driving are a deadly mix.”

In recognition of the date, state and local law enforcement officers will be conducting stepped-up checkpoints and patrols across the state Aug. 8. Several of the checkpoints will include the use of North Carolina’s six mobile breath testing units, otherwise known as BATmobiles.

In 2007, 488 North Carolinians died as a result of alcohol-related crashes and more than 9,000 were seriously injured.

Source: Office of the Governor of North Carolina

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