North Carolina conducted a state-wide 4-day road safety program between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. The program named Halloween Boo-ze It & Lose It was aimed at decreasing the dangers of drunk driving by removing imbibed drivers from the roads. Over the four-day period, a total of 605 citations for driving while impaired were issued.
The majority of these citations were issued to driver who were under the influence of alcohol. Only 48 of the 605 violations were issued for drug-related impairments. The three counties with the highest number of impaired driving violations were Wake County with 53 citations, Guilford County with 42 and Forsyth with 27.
Although the main aim was to remove drunk drivers from the roads, a variety of other citations were also issued. A total of 806 citations were issued. These included 276 to speeding drivers, while 57 drivers were cited as they were driving with revoked licenses.
According to the director of the Governor's Safety Program safety of other road users as well as the safety of those out trick-or-treating, which are mostly children, was a top priority. The numbers mentioned above is an indication of the possible dangers that did exist. By removing impaired drivers from the state's highways, authorities were able to protect the safety of many residents.
It is unfortunate that many drivers do not realize the danger they pose when driving impaired. Victims seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, or the families of deceased victims, may benefit from the knowing that North Carolina civil law allows for the choice to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against an alleged drunk driver. A successfully litigated claim may result in a financial award for damages suffered due to accident.
Source: greensboro.com, "Guilford County sees high number of DWI citations in state campaign over Halloween", Nov. 11, 2016