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More than 1,200 cited for DWI over holiday weekend

Posted July 8, 2010

— State and local law enforcement officers cited 1,291 motorists for DWI during the week of June 28 to July 4, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Officers conducted more than 4,600 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols as part of “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker.”

The greatest number of DWI citations, 87, came in Mecklenberg County. Seventy-seven DWI arrests were made in Wake County.

The week-long sweep resulted in a total 49,235 traffic and criminal citations statewide.

County-by-county data for Operation Firecracker


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  • oleguy Jul 8, 2010

    Waste of time and money, the lawyers and judges will profit, as they( DWI'S) are turned loose. NC traffic court is a joke.

  • meeper Jul 8, 2010

    It's great to get these people off the road. However, there are to
    many people making money off of DWI's in this state. Take Monitech for instance. I'd love to follow the money trail to see how they've gotten the monopoly on alcohol ignition lock out devices. (Also, let's not forget the lawyers). The gov. in this state could get greatly reduce DWI's by seizing vehicles or 30 days in jail for the first offense.

  • saturn5 Jul 8, 2010

    I wonder if the WCSO used their Corvette Z06 for this operation?

  • something2say Jul 8, 2010

    I am impressed with the number of fugitives arrested! Over 800! Get criminals off the street with DWI checkpoints. Who knew!

  • Just the facts mam Jul 8, 2010

    It is kind of scary that so many people are apparently driving while intoxicated, driving without a license or with a suspended license, etc. Thanks to Law Enforcement for these checkpoints - hopefully it will make some people think twice before driving when they should not be!

  • ccs1920 Jul 8, 2010

    The DUI laws are fine the way they are. What we need is a 30 day mandatory jail sentence for people convicted of driving with license revoked. The two combined would greatly reduce drunk driving.

  • exquisite1 Jul 8, 2010

    I don't know, but I didn't personally see not one of these checkpoints. I'm sure they were going on, as on every major drinking holiday....but I just didn't see them. I sure saw some drivers who looked to be intoxicated though. I also figured that because I spent my weekend in Wilmington and the surrounding beaches, I would see more than normal. Zero... Nothing wrong with it, just odd.

  • Lickad Jul 8, 2010

    DUI laws nowadays are too vague and strict thanks to MADD. Change the limit back to .10 make some mandatory requirements upon arrest and prior to convictions and permanently revoke repeat offender's licenses. Thats how you do it.

    The state frequently and easily revoke drivers licenses of people who don't pay child support which is a joke, they're taking the wrong licenses away.

  • Navace Jul 8, 2010

    I wonder...How many will actually be found guilty of the DWI charge??? How many will 'get reduced' to a lesser charge???

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 8, 2010

    That is good that they got caught, we don't need drunk drivers on the road. I am very happy that they did a good job. I know that the law enforcement worked very hard this past holiday.