2015 Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Yields 2822 Alcohol DWI Arrests

2015 Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Yields 2822 Alcohol DWI Arrests

By / State News / Wednesday, 13 January 2016 05:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : January 7th, 2016 - State and local law enforcement spent their holidays keeping impaired drivers off the roads during N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign, which ran from December 11 to January 3. The campaign resulted in 3,074 DWI charges in which 252 were drug related charges and 2,822 were alcohol related.
Nearly 350 law enforcement agencies participated in the campaign issuing 105,020 traffic and criminal citations in addition to the 2,822 DWI charges at 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols across the state.
The top five counties for DWI arrests during the campaign were:
• Wake County – 260;
• Guilford County – 208;
• Mecklenburg County – 168;
• Cumberland County – 136; and
• Forsyth County – 125.
For New Hanover County, there was one checkpoint and seven random and "saturation" patrols. There were zero DWI drug charges, DWE Evals, 3 people charged for drinking under the age of 21 and 47 people charged with DWI over the age of 21. 117 people were charged with safety belt violations while 7 were charged with Child Passenger Safety violations. There were 11 drug violations and 9 "Other, Not Listed Criminal Violations."
357 people were charge for speeding and 58 people were charged with driving while their license was revoked. 1 was cited for a GDL (Graduated Driver's License) and 10 people were charged with "Work Zone Violations."
476 people were charged with "Other Not Listed Traffic Violations" and 12 people were cited as "Uninsured Motorists. 16 were charged with reckless driving. In total, there were 930 traffic violations. Officers also made 2 felony arrests and apprehended 2 wanted persons.
“It is our goal to reach zero fatalities on our roads in North Carolina,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “I am thankful of the work North Carolina’s law enforcement officers did during the holidays keeping those traveling the state's roadways safe, averaging 128 DWI arrests per day during the ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaign.”
NC Transportation and Governor’s Highway Safety Program utilized social media during the campaign to complement the increased enforcement efforts, reminding drivers “Don’t Drink and Drive. You’re Smarter Than That.”  The campaign recommended drivers to take advantage of the variety of options that are readily available to get home safely after drinking —including calling a friend, using a taxi or ride service, taking public transportation, or designating a driver.
For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, contact Jonathan Bandy at (919) 618-1974 or visit the GHSP website at http://www.ncdot.gov/programs/ghsp/

Author

Super User

Super User

Carolina Beach North Carolina

Partly cloudy
72°F
NE at 14 mph /91%
Tuesday
73°F / 81°F
Wednesday
71°F / 85°F
Thursday
74°F / 82°F

 

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.