North Carolina is in the midst of its latest “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which uses an increased law enforcement presence in addition to an increased social media presence to prevent and detect DWI.
In reaction to last year’s North Carolina DWI statistics, showing that more than half the alcohol-related crashes involved people 18 to 34 years old (most of them men), the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is employing numerous social media platforms to get its message to drivers. The program’s new public service announcement will be accessible on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the GHSP website.
The GHSP director warns against letting end-of-summer celebrations that include alcohol get out of hand, noting the serious consequences of driving while intoxicated.
For people who are stopped on suspicion of DWI, the experience can be life changing. Appearing to fail a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer test, in addition to the field sobriety tests, can lead to being charged with DWI. Potential results of a DWI conviction include revocation of driving privileges, fines, community service and jail time.
North Carolina’s DWI laws are particularly strict. For people convicted of three DWIs in seven years who meet certain other criteria, Laura’s Law provides severe consequences. They can include wearing an ankle-monitoring bracelet, required abstinence from alcohol, permanent loss of a driver’s license and time in jail.
Whether a driver is stopped during a statewide DWI enforcement campaign or at any other time, the potential legal ramifications remain the same. Please visit our website to learn more about how we help our clients who face DWI charges.
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation, “Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Kicks Off,” Aug. 16, 2013