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Gov. Easley Announces "Booze It & Lose It" Nets 4,430 DWI Arrests

RALEIGH, NC: January 8, 2009 - Gov. Mike Easley announced today that state and local law enforcement officers issued citations to 4,430 motorists for driving while impaired during the holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.  The campaign, which ran from Dec. 1, 2008 to Jan. 4, yielded 155,067 traffic and criminal citations statewide.
“I thank our state and local law enforcement officers for their efforts during the holidays to keep our roads safe and to remove impaired drivers from our highways,” Easley said. “Their hard work helped more families enjoy the holidays with their loved ones and not become tragic statistics.”
During the campaign, which was sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, officers conducted nearly 16,000 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols.  Officers issued 10,140 safety belt and 1,599 child passenger safety violations as well as 50,719 speeding violations and 3,335 drug charges.  In addition, they apprehended 1,128 fugitives from justice and recovered 212 stolen vehicles. The new year will feature a number of traffic safety enforcement campaigns sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.  The current schedule (subject to change and additions) is:
• March 13-17: St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It”
• March 30-April 5: “No Need 2 Speed”
• May 18-31: “Click It or Ticket”
• June 29-July 5: Operation Firecracker “Booze It & Lose It”
• Aug. 21-Sept.7: Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It”
• Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Halloween “Booze It & Lose It”
• Nov. 16-29: “No Need 2 Speed”
• Dec. 4-Jan. 3, 2010: Holiday “Booze It & Lose It”
County-by-county citation totals are available at: www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp/news.
For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It,” call the Governor’s Highway Safety Program at (919) 733-3083, or visit its Web site at: www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp.

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