‘Operation Firecracker’ nets 1,937 DWI arrests

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Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 19, 2012
‘Operation Firecracker’ nets 1,937 DWI arrests

State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has announced that state and local law enforcement officers cited 1,937 motorists for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign, which ran June 29-July 9.

A total of 63,485 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“These numbers show how dedicated state and local law enforcement are to removing drunk drivers and other violators from our roads,” Conti said.

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 5,974 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols.

Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg (107), Wake (106), Robeson (76) and Durham (76).

Watauga County had 13 DWI citations, Ashe County had three, and Avery County had eight.
Officers also issued 5,005 safety belt and 822 child passenger safety violations, 19,369 speeding violations and 1,803 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 943 fugitives from justice and recovered 92 stolen vehicles.

For more information regarding county-by-county citation totals or other “Booze It & Lose It” activities, visit the GHSP website.

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