RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in
NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
Booze It & Lose It: St. Patrick's Day
While St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, many people celebrate the weekend before. These celebrations make it one of the biggest drinking nights of the year and this unfortunately means more drunk drivers on the road.
That’s why now through Sunday, as part of the Booze It & Lose It Campaign, law enforcement from all 100 counties will be conducting saturation patrols to remove impaired drivers off the roadways and ultimately save lives. Fifty-one percent of all nighttime fatalities on this holiday are due to drunk driving.
Motorists caught driving while impaired could face jail, lose their driving privileges and pay hefty fines and fees. The
Governor’s Highway Safety Program wants to remind you to never drink and drive.
Spring Litter Sweep
It’s time of year again when NCDOT needs volunteers to help clean up trash along its roads. The department calls on volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides twice a year.
spring Litter Sweep is from April 11-25. If you’re interested, go to our website to find your local litter management coordinator.
Last year, volunteers removed more than 900,000 pounds of litter during the spring Litter Sweep.