Today, in partnership with North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP), CMPD's Transportation Division is increasing patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads. The increased patrols are during the statewide St. Patrick's Day "Booze It and Lose It" enforcement campaign, March 13-19.
In 2022, There were 225 alcohol-related crashes and 11 motorists killed on North Carolina roads during the St. Patrick's Day enforcement campaign period.
CMPD's Transportation Division teams up with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and other county agencies year-round for DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk drivers on high-injury corridors as identified by the City of Charlotte's Vision Zero Program.
CMPD highly encourages party-goers to plan ahead and arrange for transportation. Never get behind the wheel if you're going to consume alcohol. Motorists caught driving while impaired could face jail time, lose their driving privileges, and pay an average of $10,000 in fines, towing fees, and other expenses associated with a DWI.