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St. Patrick’s Day ‘Booze It & Lose It’ nets 819 DWI arrests

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Article Published: Mar. 22, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 26, 2012
St. Patrick’s Day ‘Booze It & Lose It’ nets 819 DWI arrests

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 to 18.

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N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Thursday 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 to 18.

A total of 23,222 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“This statewide partnership is effective in helping make our roads safer by removing impaired drivers,” 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.

Watauga County saw seven total DWI citations, while both Ashe and Avery counties had zero. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Robeson (90), Wake (67) and Mecklenburg (52).

Statewide, 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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