'Booze It And Lose It' campaign aims to prevent drunk driving on Halloween
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The State Department of Transportation is beginning Halloween weekend with "Booze It And Lose It" -- a campaign where authorities are cracking down on drunk drivers.
Starting Friday, state officials and ECU police announced that they'll be out in full force in the coming nights, specifically looking for impaired drivers.
Extra patrols will be out throughout the weekend. 15 extra officers will be on patrol October 27 and 28. Halloween will have all hands on deck, which means 60 officers will be on patrol.
ECU police officer Megan Johnson shared her story about how drunk driving changed her family's lives in an interview.
"As a law enforcement officer, I hope that everybody takes DWIs seriously so that at Christmastime and Thanksgiving time, that they can have their families and have that seat full instead of being empty like I have to see with my Uncle Chris," Johnson said.
The Booze It And Lose It Campaign is designed to remind drivers of safe driving practices all year round, but especially during holidays when people are more likely to drink and drive.
Johnson said losing her uncle and good friend from drunk driving influenced her decision to become a police officer.
On average, someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes in the United States. Law enforcement agencies throughout North Carolina are participating in this campaign to try and change that statistic, officials said.