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Latest DWI crackdown nets 729 arrests

Posted November 7, 2012

The state's latest crackdown on drunken driving has netted 729 arrests, state officials said Thursday.

The "Booze It & Lose It" Halloween campaign, which ran Oct. 26-31, also resulted in 24,363 traffic and criminal citations statewide.

"Scary costumes were not the only thing out over the Halloween as impaired drivers also made an appearance," Gene Conti, state secretary of transportation, said in a statement. "Thanks to law enforcement officers from across the state enforcing our laws during this campaign, countless lives were saved."

The campaign included more than 3,100 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Wake and Mecklenburg counties had the highest number of arrests for driving while intoxicated, with 47 each. Brunswick County followed with 35 arrests, and there were 32 arrests in Guilford County.

Officers also issued 1,377 safety belt and 272 child passenger safety violations, 6,465 speeding tickets and 758 drug charges.

A total of 641 fugitives were also arrested in the campaign, and 44 stolen vehicles were recovered.


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  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Nov 14, 2012

    That's how I want my Tax dollars spent !

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Nov 14, 2012

    Get them OFF our roads !!

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  • Hip-Shot Nov 7, 2012

    As annoying as they are nighttime checkpoints/license checks are just as legal as daytime checks. To me though it just smells like entrapment when they set one up just down the road from a club or bar. I haven't had anything to drink in over 15 years so it doesn't bother me to pass through them... nothing to hide... just saying.

  • BoyInBlue Nov 7, 2012

    So to All of you that say that a checkpoint is an infringment of your rights, I would like you to return back to when you first got your license and that little tiny handbook you were given. Then When you signed that piece of paper right before you got your picture taken, you agreed to comply with the the laws of the state. If you go back through that handbook, IT READS clearly that the state will allow Law Enforcement Agencies to set up road blocks and check points. There for all of you that state the checkpoints are against your rights.....well you signed "your rights" away on that one. Plus Case Law allows checkpoints: State v. Veazey,  N.C. App.  , 689 S.E.2d 530, 533–34 (2009) (Veazey II)

  • CAVELADY2 Nov 7, 2012

    Talking about rights???? How about having the right to drive safely and not having to worry if the person around you is drunk or ????? If you don't have anything to hide then why do you care if they stop you?

  • sammyg Nov 7, 2012

    641 fugitives were also arrested in the campaign, and 44 stolen vehicles were recovered.

    Good grief! Sounds like they need to do this more often!

  • feddeman Nov 7, 2012

    Kudos to the cops! You say "unconstitutional"; infringing on your rights? i think not. I've seen a dead child on a highway
    amidst empty beer cans and liquor bottles in the middle of a night. Have you? What about that child's rights?. law enforcement is an evil necessity and a driver's license is a PRIVILEDGE, not a right. No, i did not cause the crash mentioned. That person died too.

  • Southern Girl Nov 7, 2012

    Names....maybe if names were included, it would have an impact.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 7, 2012

    Who knows how many lives may have been saved as a result. Checking stations are 100% illegal...regardless of what your opinion is of them.