Booze It & Lose It Campaign This Weekend: Call A Cab Or Call A Lawyer

Booze It & Lose It Campaign This Weekend: Call A Cab Or Call A Lawyer

Booze It & Lose It Campaign This Weekend: Call A Cab Or Call A Lawyer Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 16 March 2021 02:14

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

RALEIGH, NC - If you consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a vehicle over the St. Patrick's Day weekend, you are irresponsible and highly likely to be caught by law enforcement during the State's "Booze it & Lose it" campaign.
The campaign runs from Wednesday, March 17th through Sunday, March 21st.
Law enforcement agencies from all 100 counties will be conducting patrols March 17th through, March 21st to remove impaired drivers from the roadways and ultimately save lives.
In 2019, during the same week long campaign, impaired driving accounted for crashes that caused 91 serious injuries and 20 deaths in North Carolina. In 2018, there were 50 serious injuries and 13 deaths related to drunk driving.
Retired Rocky Mount Police Department public safety communications officer Eric Lyn Russ, who survived a crash involving an impaired driver, spoke today about his experience.
"I heard the stories of encounters people have had with drunk drivers, but it didn’t quite hit me until one actually did," Russ said. "I was driving my 1984 Dodge Ram pickup truck approximately a quarter mile from my house, I saw a large 70s model pickup truck passing another vehicle and before I realized it the truck was driving straight toward me. He hit me head on. My truck was completely totaled. My body was a mess and I still struggle to this day due to the actions of this impaired driver."
According to Miracle King with the North Carolina Department of Transportation explained, "This is the first major holiday since COVID-19 restrictions have eased around the country and state, so officials are urging
extra precaution as many are expected to gather to drink at restaurants and bars for St. Patrick’s Day activities.
According to NCDOT, 44% of people killed in drunk driving crashes on this holiday are between the ages of 21 and 34 years old.
Statistics show that drunk driving deaths during this holiday are generally 8% higher than the national daily rate.
51% of all nighttime fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day were due to drunk driving.
"Removing impaired drivers before they harm themselves or someone else is among our highest priorities throughout the holiday weekend," said Colonel Glenn McNeill, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. "Ensuring safe travel is a shared responsibility among both law enforcement and those who travel across our great state."
In 2019 the SHP responded to more than 1,351 collisions throughout the Labor Day weekend. Among those collisions, 402 resulted in an injury and 12 resulted in one or more fatalities. 94 collisions within the same time frame occurred due to impairment of either alcohol or drugs.
Motorists can assist in reducing needless collisions by following the provided suggestions:
• Plan ahead by ensuring a designated driver has been selected.
• Use a ride sharing service if no designated driver is available.
• Prepare for delays by choosing alternate routes.
• Monitor speed limits and avoid driving distracted.
• Increase following distances
Many vehicle-pedestrian crashes occur in similar places in a similar manner. Transportation officials leave pedestrians and bicyclist with these useful safety tips:
Pedestrians:
• Look for cars in all directions before crossing the street; never assume a driver will stop.
• Enhance your visibility at night, walk only in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight or wear something reflective.
• Avoid distraction when crossing streets, put down the phone.
• Watch for cars backing up.
• Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. At bus stops, cross behind the bus or at the nearest crosswalk.
• Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the roadway as you can.
Bicyclists:
• Wear a helmet. It could save your life.
• Use a light and reflex mirrors or reflective clothing when bicycling at night and be as visible as possible.
• Ride in the direction of traffic.
• Avoid distractions such as listening to headphones or answering phones when riding.

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