- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina authorities are warning drivers to make plans to get home safely from weekend parties and not to drive drunk.

A news release from the Transportation Department and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program says that law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols through Sunday to curb drunken driving.

Authorities are urging people to make plans for a designated sober driver, call a taxi or use public transportation. They say there have been 230 alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina this year as of Friday, resulting in 242 deaths.

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