Campaign Against Impaired Driving To Include More Law Enforcement Patrols

Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign runs from Aug. 28 through Sept. 10 

State and local traffic safety and law enforcement officials launched the Labor Day Booze It & Lose It Campaign August 28, 2023 at a rest area in Davidson County. From Aug. 28 through Sept. 10, more law enforcement agencies will be patrolling statewide to keep drunk drivers off the roads. Seen here is Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, with N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein in the background. NCDOT Photo

RALEIGH – State and local law enforcement officers will be out in force over the next two weeks as part of the “Labor Day Booze It & Lose It” campaign, officials announced at a campaign launch Monday in Davidson County.

Increased patrols and checkpoints will be conducted statewide starting today through Sept. 10, to keep impaired drivers off North Carolina roads. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein helped lead Monday’s kickoff event at the Davidson County Rest Area off Interstate 85 South.  

“Keeping people safe has to be job one for all of us,” Stein said. “If you drink and drive, you will get caught. Protect yourself and others – never operate a motor vehicle if you’ve been drinking.”

The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign aims to eliminate impaired driving using outreach and stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Nearly every law enforcement agency in North Carolina participates in the 29-year-old campaign.   

Stein was joined Monday by officials with the N.C Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, other law enforcement officers and Davidson County residents Trevor Jones, who used his experiences to advocate against drunk driving.

“As the Labor Day holiday approaches, we encourage everyone to be responsible and to not drink and drive,” said Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons. “Drunk driving crashes often result in serious injuries and fatalities. Please be responsible and don’t make the end of summer the end of someone else’s life.”

Alcohol is a leading contributor to fatal crashes in North Carolina, according to crash data compiled by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Between 2017 and 2022, North Carolina has averaged more than one alcohol-related vehicle fatality each day. Last year, there were 462 alcohol-related fatalities on North Carolina roads and 16 of those deaths came during the Labor Day period.

These sobering statistics were not lost on the law enforcement and traffic safety officials participating in Monday’s event at a rest area that will see many travelers this Labor Day. 

“This Labor Day, we want you to plan ahead by arranging a sober ride home from any festivities that might involve alcohol or other impairing substances,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program, a part of the N.C. Department of Transportation. “Law Enforcement will be working extra patrols during this campaign to keep all motorists safe by catching those who don’t heed this message. There’s really no excuse.”


  1. If we truly cared about ending drunk driving, we’d install breathalyzer ignition locks as standard equipment in all cars (no different than airbags and seatbelts). Studies by both NIH and CDC show that while there’s an initial dip in accidents from these targeted enforcement programs, there is no long-term impact. Until then, let’s call this what it is — another revenue tool for the government. The retail/food industry is the second largest donator to law enforcement. #hypocrites #FollowTheMoney

  2. Let me explain this to you “Tell The Truth” we aren’t interested at all in fighting drunk driving and senless deaths by drunk drivers but us progressive liberal democrats has to play the part so that we are to protect our political interests. We are trying to bring as many third world needy families across the southern boarded and hand driving liscense to them as we can, because we all know the path to voting in our country is those driver liscense! We are going to crash the system and recreate it so everyone is taken care of!

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