Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NC's 'Booze It & Lose It' Campaign Nets 1,000+ DWI Arrests

NC State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 1,013 motorists for driving while impaired during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran March 11-17th. A total of 32,579 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

This life saving campaign removed more than 1,000 impaired drivers, which resulted in countless lives saved,” Conti said. “I appreciate the extra time and attention state and local law enforcement officers contributed last week to make sure North Carolinians stayed safe.”

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 2,618 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were: Mecklenburg (124), Wake (94) and Buncombe (40).

Officers also issued 2,485 safety belt and 355 child passenger safety violations, 9,475 speeding violations and 752 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 490 fugitives from justice and recovered 24 stolen vehicles. For county-by-county citation totals, visit the GHSP Website.