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99 violations in first night of 'booze and lose'

Posted December 3, 2011

— Local municipal and county law enforcement officers arrested two people who had warrants out for their arrest Friday at a checkpoint, the first of the holiday season's "Booze It & Lose It" campaign.

Officers from Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Knightdal, Morrisville, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, RDU Airport, Wendell and Zebulon joined state troopers and Wake County sheriff's deputies at the checkpoint at Glenwood Avenue and T.W. Alexander Drive, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

In all, 99 charges were issued. The greatest number – 34 – was for people driving without a valid license. Thirteen people were charged with DWI. 

"Booze It & Lose It" is a state-wide, month-long effort to reduce impaired driving and reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina. Last year's campaign resulted in more than 3,800 DWI charges.

"If you're drinking, don't drive. Period. At all. Not for a block, not for a mile, at all," said Col. Michael Gilchrist of the State Highway Patrol.

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  • NoObamaCare Dec 5, 2011

    Jeremiah- If it takes my to roll my window down and show my proof of insurance and ID to prevent 13 DWI's driving on the streets, I think that is a fair trade off. People always complainging about something..citizen rights; then complain about how the LEO's aren't doing their jobs when someone is driving around with a few kilos in their car, guns that are stolen, or no business driving because they are under the influence of anything. Stop complaining and be happy that a little inconvienence may have saved a life.

  • nowon_yuno Dec 5, 2011

    chattycat

    Thanks for reposting my whole post in case someone missed it the first time.

  • chattycat Dec 5, 2011

    If you travel US-1 north of 540 be careful they are all over the place out there and have set up check points before on US1 just as you cross into Franklin county. I went through one about 3AM on my way home from work one night on a Saturday. I have also seen checkpoints on 96 just outside Zebulon set up in front of that new school -nowon_yuno

    Hmm, why the need to be careful unless you are BREAKING THE LAW?? Don't encourage, please!

  • ASU Dec 5, 2011

    Journey,

    Have you ever thought the department has told them to be stopped more to save gas.

  • nowon_yuno Dec 5, 2011

    If you travel US-1 north of 540 be careful they are all over the place out there and have set up check points before on US1 just as you cross into Franklin county. I went through one about 3AM on my way home from work one night on a Saturday. I have also seen checkpoints on 96 just outside Zebulon set up in front of that new school

  • rescuefan Dec 5, 2011

    "Maybe I should use a better example, 4 out of 5 days a week I see Wake county deputy cars parked at the local store, church parking lots, or dead end streets while traveling down Old Stage Rd., Please explain to me how that is a useful expenditure of our tax dollars?
    Journey985"

    You do realize that they need to complete reports, right? They need to do that when time allows, like between calls. Otherwise, they would need to be paid overtime to complete them back at the station.

  • ASU Dec 5, 2011

    Journey,

    There are still places in Wake County that let you pump first and then pay.

  • ASU Dec 5, 2011

    Journey985,

    I bet if someone hits you on Old Stage Road and takes off. I bet you want a Wake County Deputy on Old Stage then.

  • Journey985 Dec 5, 2011

    ASU: "drives away without paying for gas" I don't know where you get gas, but that is nearly impossible anymore since all the pumps are either credit card use or prepay. Maybe I should use a better example, 4 out of 5 days a week I see Wake county deputy cars parked at the local store, church parking lots, or dead end streets while traveling down Old Stage Rd., Please explain to me how that is a useful expenditure of our tax dollars?

  • ASU Dec 5, 2011

    Journey985,

    While they are at the store I bet no one robs the store, shoplifts, or drives away without paying for gas. The clerks love for officers to be the store.

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