As a Guilford County community comes to grips with the deaths of two teenagers in a drunk driving crash, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is focusing on its Booze it and Lose it campaign. The state troopers have enacted a campaign against drunk drivers in North Carolina.
Jeff Jones and Zack Williamson, both 19, were killed in an Oak Ridge truck crash on Friday night. Jacob Stevens, the 18-year-old driver, has been charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle.
Over the 4th of July weekend, state troopers will be posted in an effort to minimize drunk drivers in North Carolina.
Director of North Carolina’s Governor Highway Safety Program Mark Ezzell said more people want to go on the road after a year of being stuck inside. As a result, he said emphasizing the importance of driving while sober was especially important for the upcoming holiday.
Ezzell urged drivers to think about the dangers of not just drinking alcohol but mixing alcohol and prescription medications.
He reminded drivers that they can be charged with driving while impaired under these circumstances.
“It’s thousands and thousands of dollars that it can cost if you are convicted of driving while impaired. In addition to that, you’ll have an impact on your family. You’ll have an impact on the ability to do your work, your ability to get to and from work and you could potentially lose your life,” Ezzell stated.
He reminded people in North Carolina that they can use rideshare services or designated drivers as an alternative to getting behind the wheel.
If you suffer injuries in a crash caused by a drunk driver or your loved one lost their life, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to a North Carolina car accident attorney to schedule a consultation and find out if you have a case.