Almost 2,000 DWI arrests in NC after 'Operation Firecracker'
Posted July 22
Nearly 2,000 drivers were charged with a DWI during a statewide “Booze It & Lose It” campaign that ran over the Fourth of July, authorities said Tuesday.
The state Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program said “Operation Firecracker” netted 1,929 DWI arrests from June 27 to July 6.
The top five counties in DWI arrests were:
- Wake County, 197
- Guilford County, 141
- Mecklenburg County, 105
- Cumberland County, 88
- Robeson County, 86
“We thank our law enforcement partners for protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe by arresting those who make the decision to drink and drive,” said Don Nail, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
Local and state law enforcement officers also issued 64,626 traffic and criminal citations; 4,666 safety belt and 849 child passenger safety violations; 18,862 speeding violations; 278 work zone violations and 1,869 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 1,565 fugitives from justice and recovered 108 stolen vehicles.