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Almost 2,000 DWI arrests in NC after 'Operation Firecracker'

Posted July 22, 2014

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.


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  • miseem Jul 22, 2014

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    They do them all the time. Just bigger during certain holidays.

  • meeper Jul 22, 2014

    yep, gotta make up for that budget shortfall. If they were serious about getting drunk drivers off of the road it could be done instantly. Start confiscating cars and require jail time for first offenders and people will think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired. These sting operations net a couple of thousand offenders but nothing ever changes. Lawyers and the court systems are for the most part the only ones who benefit.

  • Steve Faulkner Jul 22, 2014
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    Now that the "operation" is over, they can go back to doing what they normally do...which is what??

  • Huey Jul 22, 2014

    With that many tickets it would appear that drivers are just not taking the DWI programs very seriously. More needs to be done.

  • Bill of Rights Jul 22, 2014

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    The next time they get caught, they'll be in substantially more trouble. And I'm fine with that.

  • Mad Dawg Jul 22, 2014

    While this seems like a good thing that so many were arrested for DWI over the holiday period, and it is to a certain degree, but this number is far far from reality. These drivers were the one's that were caught. There was likely many many times more of those that were driving under the influence that were not caught. This is a reality everyday on the roads, not just over a holiday weekend. Sad. Please be safe and not drink and drive!!!

  • euimport1 Jul 22, 2014

    almost 2000 drivers w/o licenses on our roads now. and w/o proper insurance. glad they got them, but now the problem escalates further. it won't stop a drunk.

  • MudLife Jul 22, 2014

    Thank you!!!! Wow! 2k DWI that our great LEO got off the streets. That's a scary number. I wish people would understand don't drink and drive!! If I'm going to drink I always have a DD with me. Even if its just 1 drink I'm not taking that chance.

  • WakeForestLiving Jul 22, 2014

    What a successful campaign! Kudos to our Law Enforcement Agencies.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 22, 2014
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    "they apprehended 1,565 fugitives from justice and recovered 108 stolen vehicles."

    Obviously they need to do this more often! If that's what they get from an ADVERTISED operation just imagine if it was a surprise.....