Nearly 2,800 DWI Arrests Made during Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign

Nearly 2,800 DWI Arrests Made during Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign

By / State News / Wednesday, 24 September 2014 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Labor Day holiday ushers in the start of school and football season, and signals the end of summer – marking a time many people decide to celebrate with alcohol.
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program worked closely with law enforcement officers statewide to keep drunk drivers off the road during the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. Today, they announced that 2,757 people were arrested across North Carolina from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1 for making the life-threatening decision to drive after drinking.
“Law enforcement continues to work hard day and night to make our roads safer,” said Don Nail, GHSP director. “Arresting an average of 153 drunk drivers a day is no small feat. However, our goal is zero; zero drunk drivers and zero drunk driving arrests.”
The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign include:
• Wake County with 316 DWI arrests;
• Guilford County with 192 DWI arrests;
• Mecklenburg County with 150 DWI arrests;
• Robeson County with 113 DWI arrests; and
• Forsyth County with 112 DWI arrests.
In addition to DWI arrests, local and state law enforcement officers issued 102,209 traffic and criminal citations statewide at 9,642 checking stations and patrols. They also issued citations for 6,722 safety belt and 1,083 child passenger safety violations; 27,820 speeding violations; 604 work zone violations and 3,137 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 2,874 fugitives from justice and recovered 217 stolen vehicles.
New Hanover County had 12 checkpoints and 50 "stauration patrols" on the streets. There were 7 Under 21 DWI charges, 66 twenty-one and over DWI charges, 135 safety belt violations, and 25 people were charge for, "Child Passenger Safety" violations.
There were 32 drug violations, 6 fugitives were arrested, 10 felony arrests, and 70 violations listed as "Other Criminal Violations." 480 people were cited for speeding. 100 people were cited for driving while license revoked. 21 people were cited for Work Zone Violations and 542 people were cited for, "Other Traffic Violations Not Listed." There were a total of 1550  traffic and criminal violations. For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, visit the GHSP website at http://www.ncdot.gov/programs/GHSP/
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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