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Holiday ‘Booze It & Lose It’ results in 3,164 DWI arrests

Article Published: Jan. 15, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 15, 2014
Holiday ‘Booze It & Lose It’ results in 3,164 DWI arrests

Santa was not the only one who made a naughty list over the holidays.

Law enforcement officers across the state did, too, as they patrolled day and night, catching drivers who got behind the wheel impaired. They arrested 3,164 people for driving drunk during the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran from Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 5.

“We thank the law enforcement officers who worked tirelessly to keep our roads safe while families and friends gathered together over the holidays,” said Don Nail, director of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign include: Wake County, with 329 DWI arrests; Mecklenburg County, with 261 DWI arrests; Guilford County, with 197 DWI arrests; Forsyth County, with 157 DWI arrests; and Cumberland County, with 103 DWI arrests.

Watauga County had 11 DWI arrests, Ashe County had two, and Avery County had five.

In addition to DWI arrests, local and state law enforcement officers issued 116,423 traffic and criminal citations statewide. They issued 6,285 safety belt and 1,086 child passenger safety violations; 32,737 speeding violations and 4,042 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 3,232 fugitives from justice and recovered 190 stolen vehicles.

For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, visit

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