NEW HANOVER— New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office today announced its deputies will be out in force during the Fourth of July holiday period, cracking down on impaired drivers during the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign. Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted throughout the campaign which begins June 29 and ends July 5.
“Too many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident—nor is it a victimless crime. It’s vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end,” said Chief Deputy Ed McMahon.
In 2008, there were 377 alcohol related crashes in North Carolina during the week of Independence Day resulting in 12 fatalities.
McMahon said following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of the others who may be on the road.
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911.