Drivers Asked To Join #KeysFreeNC Movement To Curb Impaired Driving


Last updated 7/1/2020 at 4:57pm

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This year, the Governor's Highway Safety Program is soliciting motorists to encourage everyone to support sober driving by adorning their vehicles with messages in window chalk that read #KeysFreeNC.

The N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program has a new weapon in its arsenal in the war against impaired driving during the Independence Day holiday – window chalk.

"As a show of solidarity during the campaign, which runs today through July 5, drivers are being asked to write the message (hashtag) #KeysFreeNC in window chalk on their vehicles to help encourage fellow North Carolinians to leave the keys behind if they are going to be drinking," said NCGHSP director Mark Ezzell.

Drunk driving is historically high during the week leading up the Fourth of July, though previous community efforts are making an impact.

Last July 1-7, for instance, North Carolina experienced an 11 percent decrease in fatalities from the year prior.

To help encourage that downward trend, NCGHSP teamed up with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to kick-off the annual statewide "Operation Firecracker" "Booze It & Lose It" enhanced enforcement campaign.

As part of the campaign, teams of MCASCP military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders used roadside message boards to encourage safe, sober driving. More than 500 law enforcement agencies around the state are also increasing their presence this week and sharing these simple messages throughout their communities and online:

•This Drive-Through is to Remind You to Drive Sober this July 4th.

•Booze It & Lose It. Don't Drink and Drive.

•App your ride. Don't Drink and Drive.

•Call a friend. Don't Drink and Drive.

•Take public transportation. Don't Drink and Drive.

•Take a cab. Don't Drink and Drive.

•Show your support #KeysFreeNC.

This year, amidst COVID-19, it's unclear if impaired driving over the holiday weekend will plague our roadways.

But what is clear is that leaders statewide are concerned about the implications impaired driving will have on our state, particularly this upcoming holiday.


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