State Highway Patrol plans checkpoints, increased patrols

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

RALEIGH (AP) ó State and local law enforcement officers will set up checkpoints and increase patrols beginning Friday in their annual July 4 crackdown on impaired driving.
A statement from Gov. Mike Easley’s office says officers charged more than 2,100 people with driving while impaired during the 2007 ěBooze It & Lose It: Operation Firecrackerî campaign.
The Governorís Office says about 60 motorists were involved in fatal traffic crashes during the week of July 4 last year. Of those, 21 were alcohol-related, and officials say alcohol-related crashes accounted for 411 injuries statewide during the same week.
This year, the checkpoints and patrols will run through July 6.