Troopers: Driving drunk can be deadly

Troopers: Driving drunk can be deadly (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

GREENVILLE - New Year's Eve is a night for celebration as folks ring in the new year; however, troopers are warning about the consequences of drinking and driving.

Trooper Doug Coley with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said drunk driving is never a good idea.

"We hope they make good decisions and have a designated driver or stay wherever they go. A bad decision can cost someone their life or cause a serious accident," Trooper Coley said.

In preparation, Trooper Coley said they plan to have all their force out patrolling.

"We know where we have a frequency of collisions involving alcohol and we're going to work those areas. There's a possibility there will be checkpoints. Other agencies may have checkpoints as well," Coley said.

Highway Patrol also hopes the public will step up and alert them to any issues they see out in the road.

"[Drunk drivers] may cross the center line, may run off the road to the right and they usually swerve," he said.

If that happens, Troopers hope people call 911 for help so an impaired driver doesn't stay on the road.

"A lot of times [the witness] will follow that person until we get in position. We can use them as a witness from what they've seen. Once we see the person and get them stopped and determine they are impaired we can place them under arrest," he said.

Troopers also warn to be careful of the speed limit, always wear your seat belt and be wary of animals that may decide to cross the road.

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