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More Than 700 Cited in Recent 'Booze It & Lose It' Campaign

Posted March 21, 2007

— The Highway Patrol is processing a busy St. Patrick's Day weekend.

State and local law enforcement officers cited 733 people for driving while impaired during the weekend's "Booze It and Lose It"
campaign. A total of 19,185 traffic and criminal citiations were issued statewide.

Officers across the state conducted nearly 1,900 sobriety checkpoints. The counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg with 46, Wake with 37 and Cabarrus with 30.

“I commend our state and local law enforcement officers for their continued dedication to keeping motorists safe from impaired drivers,” Gov. Mike Easley said. “Their increased visibility during the past weekend reinforces the message that drinking and driving is not acceptable in North Carolina."

"Booze It and Lose It" is coordinated by the Governor's Highway Safety Campaign in conjunction with the state Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies.

Authorities also issued 1,751 safety belt and 275 child passenger safety violations, 6,089 speeding violations and 463 drug charges. In addition, officers apprehended 175 fugitives from justice and recovered 36 stolen vehicles.


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  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Mar 22, 2007

    If their BAC was a 1.5 they wouldn't have to worry about fines, they'd be very dead. .15 on the other hand...........

  • ThisAndThat Mar 22, 2007

    OK, I did research on the first time offender for DUIs. I was shocked what can happen to someone barely at a .08 not speeding yet gets pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Even if this driver has a perfect driving record you get 12 points on your license for the first offense (12 POINTS). What where the insurance rate be for this??? Who would insure the individual???
    Not only that, you can have you licensed suspended for a year (minimal one month!!!!!!!!) and server jail time.

    This wouldn't even include lawyer and court fees.

    Now does this seems like a punishment that fits the crime for a one time offender who was not pulled over for any aggressive driving or speeding. It's a traffic violation and nothing more.

    I understand imposing a heavy fine. And if their BAC is over say 1.2 or 1.5. However a suspended license for up to a year could cost someone their job, house, etc. regardless of it being a BAC of .08 or 1.5.

  • knelsud92 Mar 22, 2007

    ElDoggo, you aren't the only one appalled by this. I can't believe some of the ignorance posted in these forums about this topic. Checkpoints every weekend? Every day? Someone posted statistics stating that the checkpoints and overzealous enforcement don't really do anything to reduce DUIs. The only thing it does it keep people like my wife and me from spending money at a restaurant on a Friday/Saturday night because if we want to share a bottle of wine with dinner, I don't want to deal with the aggravation. Therefore, that's about $100 OUT OF THE CHARLOTTE ECONOMY EVERY WEEKEND. THE CHECKPOINTS DO NOT DETER THE CHRONIC DRUNK! All they do is make statutory criminals out of those who are generally law abiding.

    I also find it very strange that NC has aggressive enforcement of DUI, yet it has such a high rate of DUI. A state like NJ, that actually fought the Feds on reducing the BAC to .08 from .10, has very little aggressive enforcement, and a relatively small problem.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Mar 22, 2007

    ncguy you say checkpoints should be illegal? Does that mean that they should do nothing to get the drunk driver off the road or that they should just wait until he hits you or one of your family or friends head on and kills one of them and he walks unharmed? Sounds like calling the fire department AFTER the house has burned to the ground.

  • El Doggo Mar 22, 2007

    But you didn't check EVERYBODY you met - did you? So you don't have a clue how many people you met had a reading of over 0.08, right?

  • willis2 Mar 22, 2007

    Actually El Doggo I used a blood acohol gas chromatograph. It's more accurate. I ran a forensic laboratory for five years. The drunks I met were trying to prove they weren't drunk.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 22, 2007

    Check the logs if ya can I do not bring up illegals in every post. Most of the time I really don't leave a comment about them. I only brought it up in the thread becuase the article listed everything other violation and what the people were caught for. There is some reason the media isn't reporting on the illegal immigration problem until they do something really heinous like that one illegal was DRUNK and did the hit and run on that guy last week. So keep your liberal guilt to yourself, you need a tourniquet for your bleeding heart.

  • El Doggo Mar 22, 2007

    You carry a breathalyser, willis? How do know how many >0.08 people you have met that you don't even realize WERE 0.08 or greater????? What a dopey statement...

  • IHave1-2 Mar 22, 2007

    For anyone who condones innocent drinking and driving (whatever you can decipher from such an oxymoronic phrase of "innocent D&D"), I speak from the side of one who has responded to many senseless accidents caused by DUI/DWI and tended to their nasty, stinking smells of alcohol in the blood (drunk or sobering up), and tended to the innocent non-drinking drivers they injured (including pregnant mothers and very young children). I've also attended funerals of 2 friends who were killed by "innocent D&Ds". One had a BAC too low to meet the 'legal limit' (tho he had consumed much earlier in the day and sweat much out, his BRAIN was still impaired). The other, well, he just had someone in his back pocket to keep him from being tested... walked away from someone dying... no charges. Is this what 'innocent' D&D is promoting? I say ZERO tolerance and forget this judicial money circus. Do the crime, do the time.

  • another opinion Mar 22, 2007

    I have been driving in NC since 1968 and they have had license checks back then nothing new. I was arrested in 1980 for a DUIand convicted. Officer was doing his job. It cost me some money but I chose to drive so I paid for my choice. I don't drink anymore, my choice. YOU know the consequenses for drinking and driving. This is not new, it's been around for quite sometime. If u don't like it don't do it.