Fireworks, parties and barbecues are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations.
Unfortunately, impaired driving has also become synonymous with Independence Day.
Mark Ezzell, the Director of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program, tells Goldsboro Daily News this year’s impaired driving prevention effort includes the #KeysFreeNC campaign.
Ezzell says North Carolinians are encouraged to write the message #KeysFreeNC on their vehicle’s window to spread the word to other drivers.
During the Fourth of July travel period in 2018, Ezzell says 78 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in North Carolina.
Ezzell says this year’s July 4th Booze It and Lose It enforcement effort will start at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and they are focusing their message toward North Carolina’s military bases.
If you are drinking and plan to get behind the wheel during the holiday period, law enforcement will be on the lookout.
The July 4th Booze It and Lose It campaign known as Operation Firecracker is effect in North Carolina from Monday, June 29, through Sunday, July 5.