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Nearly 2,000 charged with DWI in July Fourth crackdown

Posted July 10, 2008

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

— State law enforcement officers handed out nearly 2,000 DWI citations statewide during a 10-day operation around the July Fourth holiday, the Governor's Office said Thursday.

During "Booze It & Loose It: Operation Firecracker," which ran June 27 to July 6, law enforcement officers issued 66,738 traffic and criminal citations and conducted 5,724 sobriety checkpoints and patrols.

Of the 1,986 citations for driving while impaired, Wake County accounted for 132, Mecklenburg County for 114, and Robeson and New Hanover counties for 61 each.

Officers arrested 534 wanted people and recovered 85 stolen vehicles.

They also cited motorists for 6,549 safety-belt and 1,075 child-passenger safety violations, 20,301 speeding violations and 1,256 drug offenses.


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  • moejoh Jul 11, 2008


  • flipper59 Jul 10, 2008

    having a few beers along with a meal is not above the limit

  • Hip-Shot Jul 10, 2008

    "I wonder how many of these arrests were for people seriously drunk/impaired or just folks who had a few beers at a cookout. The limits are so low and penalties so draconian, that it doesn't make sense drink n drive over the holidays. "

    Absolutely correct. ON the one hand you have people that continually push for tougher laws, and its already tough. They want to make someone at the low end of the legal limit(.08) a felon and face capital punishment. ON the other hand, you have stores selling it on every corner, and the state running the liquor stores and making a profit. Crucifying someone who had a couple of beers at a picnic is not solving the drunk driving problem.

    Someone needs to realize that the repeat offenders usually have a real illness and need help, and its not necessarily a moral flaw. These people need help, and forcing AA and stupid mental health programs down their throat isn't going to help them. They aren't going to get help until they are ready.

  • Adelinthe Jul 10, 2008

    "I wonder how many of these arrests were for people seriously drunk/impaired or just folks who had a few beers at a cookout."

    Doesn't matter, cause even a few beers have caused deaths.

    The courts will certainly be busy. Praying they remember where the book is so they can toss it at these folks.

    And praying these folks all get the message loud and clear.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • IYAOYAS Jul 10, 2008

    OUTSTANDING ! If only there was money to have these checkpoints in operation everynight, think how much safer it would be on the rode, lives saved, and for those who thought it was cool to drink and drive, GROW UP, or better yet go to your local Highway partol office, ask to watch all the DUI films, look at the pictures, have some EMT's show you how they insert a tube through the side of your lungs (with no pain medication) to drain the fluid. All the result of someone who was drinking, then choose to drive. I mean really, GROW UP. If your going to drink, let someone else, who isn't drinking booze, be the driver, its not rocket science. And if there isn't someone else, call a taxi. If you can't afford a taxi, stay home.

  • GasHogg69 Jul 10, 2008

    I wonder how many of these arrests were for people seriously drunk/impaired or just folks who had a few beers at a cookout. The limits are so low and penalties so draconian, that it doesn't make sense drink n drive over the holidays.
    I take these campaigns seriously and make sure I don't get snagged in their dragnet.

    Also, the violation of our constitution is allowed because of the states interest in preventing drink driving, so they shouldn't be allowed to ticket for other things during these (should be) illegal checkpoints.

  • Tax Man Jul 10, 2008

    Glad to see the law enforcement out in strength over the holidays. We need a zero tolerance DWI law - you get caught with any alcohol/drugs in your system while driving a motor vehicle on our roads - you go straight to jail, then to prison, and never, ever can drive again! Nearly 2000 drunks on the road over a 10 day period - and that is the ones who got caught - we need these DWI checkpoints out every day and every night and the legislature needs to change the law so that there are no DWI's permitted in our state. Why would anyone need to drive while impaired? Make it a felony and permanently revoke the privilege to drive. PERIOD. It is not funny and these people kill other people. Just do everything possible to take these totally irresponsible people off the road.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 10, 2008

    "As a person who has had a close relative killed by a drunk driver, I hope some of you guys are joking whan you say "they shouldn't have been screwing people out to have a good time" or "I drove after drinking several times over the holidays". I don't want to be over-sensitive, but really, your jokes are in poor taste, as is bragging about not getting caught."

    Yes, they are in poor taste but understand alot of us see these DUI laws and arrests are ploys for lawyers, MADD, officer quotoa and abuse, and insurance companies to make $. There have been cases where drivers have been arrested for not having one drink. I've had numerous friends get arrested after having 2 beers cause a cop had to get his jollies off at arresting someone. I know I will hear that is crazy about 2 beers but google cases on DUI laws and read the stories.

  • HISBIGGESTFAN Jul 10, 2008

    We went through a checkpoint right off interstate 85 in Graham and they had all 4 ways blocked, there was no excape for these people. They had the booze it and loose it bus out there, tables and all types of criminals loaded up. It was a sight to see.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 10, 2008

    Stiffer sentence, kind of agree. I see it this way...instead of having insurance agencies and lawyers make tons of money on this let have a night in jail. After release you have to go to AA meetings and stay sober for a month. If caught a second time then your license is revoked forever or a year.
    I just want to keep lawyers, insurance companies and MADD out of all this.
    BTW - not only does thier insurance rates rise but everyone's as a whole. The lawyers cost tax payer money as well. MADD is just mad and want no alcohol ever again sold.