The scariest part of Halloween is not in a haunted house or in a graveyard, it is behind the wheel of a car. Impaired drivers, who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, end up making the roads scarier than a horror movie.
“It is important for those who plan to drink to find a designated driver,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. “The consequences of drinking and driving can be deadly.”
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicks off its Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign today and it runs through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Law enforcement will be out in full force to remove drunk drivers from North Carolina’s highways.
Last year, 388 people died in alcohol-related wrecks in North Carolina. More than 10,000 accidents involving drunk driving were reported last year. In those crashes, 8,159 people were injured.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has created a 34-second public service announcement about the horrors of drinking and driving.