The Mecklenburg County Alcohol Beverage Control Board has a program called Operation Safe Streets, which aims to stop drunk driving by finding people a safe way home instead of arresting them.
Michael Crowley, the law enforcement director of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board, said 5 percent of the profits from the ABC Board go to law enforcement and this program differs from the traditional form of policing for DWIs.
He said people leaving bars intoxicated sometimes still try to drive.
“So, I thought why not go to the places and if we see people come out and if we see people that are intoxicated, just walk up to them, tell them who we are and make sure they get a safe ride home," he said. "We've had 100 percent participation when we speak to people that are intoxicated."
Sgt. Mike Baker, spokesperson for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said every time there is a holiday period where people do not have to go to work the next day or have an elongated amount of time off, there is an increase in alcohol consumption.