State makes more than 2,700 DWI arrests during crackdown
Posted September 12, 2012
More than 2,700 North Carolina motorists were arrested for driving while impaired during the state's 18-day crackdown on drunken driving, officials reported Wednesday.
The state's "Booze It & Lose It" campaign, which ran Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, included more than 7,800 sobriety checkpoints with dedicated patrols to target drunken and dangerous drivers.
A total of 94,125 traffic and criminal citations were issued, along with 2,745 citations for driving while impaired.
“These numbers show that law enforcement officers across the state worked diligently to make North Carolina’s roads safer during this campaign,” state Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti said in a statement.
Wake County had the highest number of DWI citations with 209, followed by Mecklenburg County with 182 and Guilford County with 106.
Find county-by-county results on the state Department of Transportation website.
Officers also issued 6,691 safety belt and 1,172 child passenger safety violations, 24,553 speeding violations and 2,718 drug charges.
In addition, 2,028 people with outstanding warrants were nabbed, and officers recovered 135 stolen vehicles.