Island Gazette

St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Nets 819 DWI Arrests

RALEIGH, N.C. - Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 819 motorists for driving while impaired during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran March 15-18. A total of 23,222 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide. For New Hanover County, there were 4 checkpoints and 28 patrols catching 8 DWI's. Overall there were 276 for safety belt violations, fugitives, speeding, driving with a license and other offenses such as drug possession.
“This statewide partnership is effective in helping make our roads safer by removing impaired drivers,” Secretary Conti said.  “Please remember to do your part and make responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel.”
During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 2,122 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Robeson (90), Wake (67) and Mecklenburg (52).
Officers also issued 1,881 safety belt and 373 child passenger safety violations, 6,492 speeding violations and 706 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 416 fugitives from justice and recovered 33 stolen vehicles.
For more information regarding county-by-county citation totals or other “Booze It & Lose It” activities, visit the GHSP website at http://www.ncdot.gov/programs/ghsp

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