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Over 800 cited for DWI during St. Patrick's Day crackdown

Posted March 20, 2009

— Law enforcement issued 836 citations for driving while impaired during a statewide "Booze It & Lose It" campaign around St. Patrick's Day.

State and local agents conducted 2,535 checkpoints and special patrols and issued 20,183 traffic and criminal citations between Friday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 17.

Mecklenburg County, near Charlotte, had the most DWI charges, 94, followed by Wake County with 55 and Buncombe County with 35.

Statewide, agents also apprehended 229 fugitives and recovered 36 stolen vehicles. The citations included 489 drug charges, 6,224 speeding tickets, 1,824 safety belt violations and 195 child passenger-safety violations.

See county-by-county results of the St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign.


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  • ruthpauly Mar 20, 2009

    Almost 500 drug charges well it looks like we almost won the war on drugs like all the other wars that we wage.... Great!

  • readme Mar 20, 2009

    While a libertarian at heart, I still like thes kind of crack downs even though they blurr the lines with what I would consider an illegal search. There are too many people driving drunk, and unfortunately they aren't detected until they crash into someone. This is an evil necessairy. I just wish it was coupled with an efficient justice system and real punishment so these checkpoints would actually deter DUIs!

  • htomc42 Mar 20, 2009

    I really don't appreciate being treated like a criminal, stopped and forced to show ID without any "just cause" whatsoever. Can someone explain to me why, other than judicial fiat, that it's not ok for police to pull you over for no reason if you're by yourself, versus doing it for everyone at once?

    There was once a time in this country when unreasonable stops and searches would have been considered an outrage. I've lost a tremendous amount of respect for police over this...it's clear just who they work for, and its not "the people".

  • Fun Mar 20, 2009

    While DWI as well as the other infractions are wrong, this a money grap. Face it, if they REALLY want to stop DWI...that wouldnt be hard. Require breadth and finger print devices on vehicles before they could start. Looks like economic stimulus..either way!

  • ncwebguy Mar 20, 2009

    An average of less than 8 citations per road block/special patrol is a "success"? Really?

    The only "success" is the hours of overtime, taking money out of my pocket and giving it to (selective) law enforcement.

    Should we be concerned that they can create a police state whenever they feel like it, or happy that we know it always happens on certain days -- St. Patrick's, Cinco De Mayo, New Years, etc.?

  • ThisGuy Mar 20, 2009

    What was said is true, most of those will probably be knocked down or excused depending on the situation. I guess they did at least recover some stolen cars and find some fugitives, though they didn't get to list what those fugitives had actually done, most were probably failure to appears or something else negligible. A good effort, I will say that.

  • Z Man Mar 20, 2009

    Well, when the guv gets her way and it costs $45 for a draft beer, DWI will be a thing of the past.

  • RockRaleigh Mar 20, 2009

    Looks like the luck of the Irish can't keep you out of jail. I checked nccriminalreports.com and saw a lot of green from the 17th and 18th! Cue the lawyers

  • suthrnpride44 Mar 20, 2009

    Success??? Yeah maybe for that night, but it's not gonna stop it from happening. It's all about the $$$. I promise you just as much drinking goes on at most places every weekend. Bottom line is its about the $$$$. If it wasn't then there would be stricter laws about speeding, seatbelts, drugs..etc..etc...I think it would be safe to say, the officers spent more time with paperwork than the accused did in jail.

  • Riddickfield Mar 20, 2009

    There are two days a year where I specifically do not go out. New year's eve and St. Patty's day (Or as I like to call them; amateur nights) Too many people driving around who are drunk, too many people who do not drink on a regular basis out drinking (which are the real threat because they don't know how to control themselves) and the usual police roadblocks. If a drunk doesn't kill you, then the police might haul you in for having a couple of beers. Best just to stay home.