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Drunk driving crackdown tied to July 4 holiday

Posted June 23, 2008

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— State and local law enforcement officers will increase their presence during the Fourth of July holiday as part of the Booze It & Lose It: “Operation Firecracker” campaign, authorities said Monday.

Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted from Friday through July 6 across the state in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

Last year, 60 North Carolina drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes during the Fourth of July holiday week. Twenty-one of those fatalities were alcohol-related.

Alcohol-related crashes also accounted for 411 injuries in the state during the same week in 2007.

Officers charged more than 2,100 drivers with driving while impaired during the 2007 ”Operation Firecracker” campaign. More than 6,173 stepped-up patrols and checkpoints were held.

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  • Lloyd Christmas Jun 26, 2008

    I think that they are well worth it.. and if you mind checkpoints you must have something to hide lizard because the average American doesnt want drunk drivers killing us or our families!!!!

    Yeah that it is. It would have nothing to do with challenging the constitutionality of it. We all have hidden agenda's.

  • mfalesana Jun 24, 2008

    "If the goverment wants to tap my phone, fine by me"

    Mike Honcho... That is the most absurd statement I have heard in a while but I am not surprised. I can't believe how readily people are willing to give up their privacy and their constitutional rights. Benjamen Franklin said it best... "Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither"

  • AshleyandJoeCarson Jun 23, 2008

    I think that they are well worth it.. and if you mind checkpoints you must have something to hide lizard because the average American doesnt want drunk drivers killing us or our families!!!!

  • mike honcho Jun 23, 2008

    the same people who hate road blocks, are the same people who don't want to allow wire tapping. If the goverment wants to tap my phone, fine by me. they will learn what we're having for dinner, what time my son's baseball game is, and whether or not I picked up the gallon of milk my wife asked for. If being stopped for a couple of seconds or even minutes removes ONE drunk driver I for one think its worth while.

  • Tax Man Jun 23, 2008

    Zero tolerance for driving with ANY alcohol/drugs in your system, even if they are legally obtained. There is absolutely NO reason for any person to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if they have had any alcohol or drugs - ANY! We should change the law to say if you have 0.0000001 percent alcohol or any drugs in your blood/breath/urine and are driving a motor vehicle you lose you license forever and do at least 2 years in prison! Get someone else to drive you or take a cab.

  • mike honcho Jun 23, 2008

    klink,

    please go on, and share your story.

  • nursevb8 Jun 23, 2008

    If they're going to do check point stops, then they need to do them not only on holidays. What about the average Friday or Saturday nights? They think people only drink on holidays? They drink, go out onto the curvy, outer lying roads to bypass the law. But where do they do stops, right in the middle of a main highway. Or they announce where the stops will be--now, isn't that being sneaky.....

  • klink Jun 23, 2008

    Honcho, I know from personal experience that your statement is wrong.

    Lizard, Are you really comparing an international border crossing to highway 40? C'mon.

  • mike honcho Jun 23, 2008

    ifc,

    you know nothing of DWI checkpoints, if you have a valid license, valid tags, valid inspection sticker you are stopped no longer than fifteen seconds,unless of course if when you pull up pot smoke is rolling out of the drivers window like a cheech & chong movie. Then you'll need to talk to the "stormtrooper a little longer.

  • lizard Jun 23, 2008

    Stopping everyone and searching their cars when they come over the border is unconstitutional also then.

    (I'm glad you're a nobody, ifcdirector. We would be in trouble with you in charge of a court somewhere.)

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