Even after North Carolina citizens have finished celebrating the Independence Day holiday, the warning to not drink and drive should be kept well in mind. On June 28th the Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off the “Booze It or Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign to make our roads safer by cracking down on those who drive intoxicated. Don Nail, the newly appointed director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program had this to say about the program; “The July 4th holiday is a time to make memories with family and friends, but those memories can easily turn tragic if you drink and drive, law enforcement agencies and DWI task forces across the state will step up patrols during this campaign to cite drunk drivers and help keep our roads safe.” During last year’s campaign there were 1,937 DWI citations issued statewide and 361 alcohol-related crashes, which resulted in 17 fatalities. To help combat drunk driving over the Independence Day holiday and throughout the year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in accordance with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has provided grants to create DWI task forces in areas with the highest number of DWI-related deaths. There are currently seven DWI task forces across the state whose sole purpose is to get drunk drivers off the roads. The “Booze It or Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign continues until July 7th. All of us here at WRGC wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.