RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Police across North Carolina are launching a month-long effort to make the roads safer during the holiday season.
State Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti says the annual "Booze It and Lose It" campaign will begin Saturday. State and local police will launch stepped-up patrols and checkpoints through Jan. 2.
The goal is to keep drunken drivers off the road, as well as watch for other safety risks.
In December of 2010, there were more than 1,000 alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina, resulting in 31 fatalities and over 700 injuries.
During the ramped-up enforcement effort by police last December, more than 3,800 drivers were charged with driving while impaired.