Highway Patrol Starts Booze It And Lose It Campaign

The N.C. Highway Patrol wants to keep you safe on the roads this holiday season, by cracking down on drunk driving.

Starting Friday December 3rd the Highway Patrol is stepping up patrols and will be setting up checkpoints. They're working with other agencies looking for drunk or dangerous drivers. Last year the Booze it And Lose it campaign netted more than 4-thousand impaired drivers. They say they particularly target drunk drivers during the holidays.

"There's more traffic on the highways during the holiday period and that's typically when you have more aggressive driving, you have people celebrating the holiday period, possibly using alcohol or drugs many times," said Sgt. K.P. Pitts.

Sargent Pitts says if you are going to drink this holiday season, get a ride or call a cab, but don't get behind the wheel. The Booze It And Lose It campaign runs through January 2nd.

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  • by to voter on Dec 4, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    That's an old joke and it's still FUNNY!;)
  • by Me Location: Pitt county on Dec 4, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    I agree with Anonymous. Booze It & Lose It is sponsored by the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program, not the Highway Patrol. Troopers do arrest DWI's, but the statistics show that the majority of them are nabbed by local municipalities. But somehow NCSHP seems to take the credit as always.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Most of the drunks are caught when the checkpoint shuts down....a major PR stunt for GHSP and SHP.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 4, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    Sounds like they need to start in their own backyard before going in the neighbors.
  • by Jeff on Dec 4, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Here is a video that is broadcasted in the UK about drunk driving that has not hit our televisions here in the US. Its a little graphic, but reality. If it stops one person from getting behind the wheel drunk it has served its purpose and got the message across of what could be a real life event. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNdVGXqv8yY
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 4, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    Jeff, seems that most of these people are happy with drunk drivers on the road, or are these the ones that have a DUI/DWI.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    How about a fact check, WITN? Booze It and Lose It is sponsored by the Governor's Highway Safety Commission. This is and has always been a PR stunt, and the SHP has been notorious for taking credit for drunk driving arrests made by other agencies. Sell the mobile breathalyzer units and save the state a ton of money.
  • by Jeff on Dec 4, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    Ok matt, cops dont suck. It sounds as if you have a personal issue with law enforcement. Also, I am not a leo, but support the booze it or loose it 110% and think it should be like this all year round. I have had accidents in my family due to drunk drivers on the road. Ask yourself this, what if it is your wife, son, daughter etc, on the road and they get killed by a drunk driver??? are you not going to support them cracking down on these idiots whom think its OK to drive while impaired? I know that they will take everyone off the road they catch while driving while impaired. show some support people, its your lives out there they are helping to protect.
  • by Johnny Location: NC on Dec 4, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    Before starting this Booze It And Loose It Campaign, the Highway Patrol should check to see if its own drivers are under the influence. Checkpoints should be illegal in my opinion its infringing on citizens rights. If we eliminate the ALE we could save the state a good amount of money as well.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    I do not understand why they would not crack down on drunk driving all the time. What do they normally do? Why do we need a campaign? Is it just for PR?
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