Over 3,000 flags to fly for DWI awareness in Mecklenburg County

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and last year, 3,093 people were charged with DWI in Mecklenburg County. That number represents the 3,093 flags that will wave, a symbol for newfound sobriety and also as a warning for alcohol abusers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Flapping for awareness. It's not exactly worth honking over, but more than 3,000 flags will grab drivers' attention on Randolph Road.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and last year, 3,093 people were charged with DWI in Mecklenburg County. That number represents the 3,093 flags that will wave, a symbol for newfound sobriety and also as a warning for alcohol abusers. 

"It's a great way to prevent future DWIs," says Brian Gott, community relations manager at Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center.

While the statistic sounds alarming, the number has actually decreased 18 percent from 2015, when 3,765 drivers were charged with driving while intoxicated.

Zorana Roldan Romo, a prevention supervisor at Anuvia, says the decreased number of DWIs is a testament to teamwork.

"It's extremely encouraging," says Ronaldo Romo. "We are so excited because we feel like our prevention efforts are really working in the community and it's all about awareness."

But the positive trend doesn't mean volunteers can relax. According to Anuvia, one-third of teenagers drink alcohol by the time they turn 13.

"Sixty-eight percent are not using alcohol so we really to get the message out for young people that the norm is not to drink," says Ronaldo Romo.

The flags will be displayed outside Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center for the entire month of April.

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