New BATMobile Unveiled Today
RALEIGH - Governor's Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace today announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force over the St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign. Motorists can expect statewide checkpoints and stepped-up patrols today through Sunday, March 17, in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.
"Drinking and driving do not mix," Wallace said. "Be responsible before you get behind the wheel and designate a sober driver if you plan to drink."
N.C. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs and Budget Coordination La Nica Allison, GHSP Director Becky Wallace, Director of Forensic Tests for Alcohol Paul Glover and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram spoke at a kickoff event in Wilmington today.
Officials also unveiled the new BATMobile (breath-alcohol testing unit) which is 40-foot long with two magistrate stations, a full office and surveillance cameras on the back.It also includes six stations where law enforcement officers can perform breath concentration tests.
During the St. Patrick's Day campaign last year, there were 160 alcohol-related crashes that resulted in three fatalities and 141 injuries.
For more information regarding "Booze It & Lose It" or for citation totals, contact Don Nail at (919) 733-3083, or visit the GHSP website.