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Raleigh police want to target DWI with task force

Posted September 13, 2013

— Raleigh police say they are ready to form the department’s own DWI task force and put the brakes on more drunken drivers in the city.

The department has applied for a $500,000 grant they hope will get the task force started before the end of the year.

“We already make about 1,500 DWI arrests a year in the City of Raleigh,” said Lt. Tim Tomczak.

He said a task force would target the problem because the officers would be “dedicated strictly to the detection and arrest of DWI drivers.”

Raleigh Police Department Raleigh police want own DWI task force

Tomczak points to a DWI checkpoint earlier this year along Capital Boulevard, where officers averaged the arrest of an impaired driver every nine minutes.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently wrapped up its “Booze It and Lose it” campaign for the summer. Most of the arrests, more than 250, were in Wake County.

"It is a well-studied fact that people who are DWI cause crashes at a higher rate, and the crashes they cause are more serious,” Tomczak said.

Task force members would use crash statistics to determine where they need to focus their efforts. Tomczak says that does not mean officers will be parked outside downtown bars and restaurants.

"They will jurisdiction across the whole city, and they will be expected to work across the whole city,” he said.

Officers often deal with the tragedies that come with drunken driving, and Tomczak said informing family members left behind is the hardest part of the job.

He recalled one case in which a wife lost her husband in a crash.

"She was pregnant with twins,” he said. “Her husband will never come home again, and it is simply because he chose to drink and drive.”


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  • Poupmouse Sep 17, 2013


    this could be what our $500k will be buying us- a very real rationalization to produce numbers to justify absolutely astronomical spending that leads to corruption and harrassment.

  • WRAL_USER Sep 16, 2013

    Not the best example used to prove LEO are not crooks by pointing out a killer criminal cop in custody...

  • Relic Sep 16, 2013

    LEO crooks with a badge and a gun to hide behind

    Yeah, like the one in Charlotte in custody because he shot an unarmed person?

    A "crook" must "steal" something that benefits them. Praytell, if these officers are "crooks" then what are they stealing? Money? I've already shown that no NC officers or towns receive a dime for making an arrest. So what, praytell are they stealing? Or do you honestly think that the thousands of officers in NC actually are a hoard of sadists that care of nothing but depriving you of your rights? Really? Please...Reality check, aisle #2...

  • WRAL_USER Sep 16, 2013

    By Justice Stevens

    The most disturbing aspect of the Court's decision today is that it appears to give no weight to the citizen's interest in freedom from suspicionless, unannounced investigatory seizures. -1990

    Bad call then bad call now...

  • WRAL_USER Sep 16, 2013

    Dog and Pony show...
    Justice Stevens countered that "the findings of the trial court, based on an extensive record and affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals, indicate that the net effect of sobriety checkpoints on traffic safety is infinitesimal and possibly negative."

  • WRAL_USER Sep 16, 2013

    "While acknowledging that such checkpoints infringed on a constitutional right..."-Rehnquist
    Read as...Crime perpetrated by the LEO...

    "the state interest in reducing drunk driving outweighed this minor infringement."-Rehnquist
    So... just like I said, a crime allowed to happen just because it is just an inconvenience (rather than the actual theft of all of our rights!)

  • Relic Sep 16, 2013

    "Ask any legal scholar and they will tell you that a "Checkpoint" is illegal."

    Legal scholars don't make case law. The US Supreme Court does. You're stating an opinion as a fact.

  • WRAL_USER Sep 16, 2013

    Yea, much harder to follow the law and catch drunks then to create illegal checkpoints and just fish for whatever happens to stumble by... LEO crooks with a badge and a gun to hide behind.

  • WRAL_USER Sep 16, 2013

    Ask any legal scholar and they will tell you that a "Checkpoint" is illegal. Only because it is "not too much of an inconvenience" (per SCOTUS) does this CRIME committed by "law enforcement" get a pass and is allowed to continue. The 500K (if they could re-allocate it) could be much better spent actually keeping people safe... rather that the dog and pony show...

  • Relic Sep 16, 2013

    pad the balance sheet for the RPD

    This is completely not true for ANY NC agency and I get tired of seeing it. NOT ONE DOLLAR from a criminal traffic ticket or arrest in NC goes to any City, County or State Law Enforcement. NOT A DIME! Court costs got to the court system. Fines and penalties go to the county school system and on citations the princely sum of $2 goes to State/Local law enforcement retirement plans. In other states traffic tickets may be a money maker but NOT IN NORTH CAROLINA. Please stop perpetuating this lie!