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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.



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  • WooHoo2You Sep 12, 2012

    Gotta love the "DWI Exception" to the 4th Amendment...- chivegas

    Or at the airport, when entering a government building, when crossing the border, if you happen to be 'suspected' of being a "threat to the state." But you are worried about getting drunk???? BTW, how does a police officer noticing signs of intoxication violate the 4th amendment again? Hearing slurred speech and smelling beer are not exactly "searches!"

  • okemooutlaw44 Sep 12, 2012

    I find it rely objective that the booze it and loose it campaign ended in the state the day before the democrats took over charlotte nc. I can promise you that had that had been the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION they would've had been writing tickets faster than they ever had due to the fact that the dems in the state house are hoping to retain it and can't run on anything other than the fact that they've done none nothing except make this the biggest MAYBERRY RFD IN HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WooHoo2You Sep 12, 2012

    94,000 citations x court costs (something like $120 in wake county now, i think) = $11.28 million. anyone who thinks this wasn't a shakedown/ cash grab isn't paying attention.- monkeyboy

    Well don't break the law and you won't get 'shook-down.' BTW, not all tickets are as high as 120 dollars ya know....

  • Just Plain Common Sense Sep 12, 2012

    NO excuse for drunk driving, period. Immaturity and stupidness.

  • miseem Sep 12, 2012

    These checkpoints got a lot of other truly bad guys - drunks (regardless of your opinion, most people at .08 have a significant impairment and the fact that a texter or inattentive driver is unsafe also is pretty much beside the point), fugitives, people wanted on other charges, drug dealers, in addition to recovering stolen cars. Fines go to the schools, court costs go to the courts. Nothing goes to the towns or law enforcement agencies. The complaints sound much like sour grapes from someone who has been arrested or worries about getting arrested in the future. Drunk drivers are a very real hazard to the public and account for a large number of injuries and fatalities.

  • WooHoo2You Sep 12, 2012

    I know this wont be a popular opinion, but DWI as a charge in itself based on .08 BAC doesnt make sense. There are plenty of folks impaired at .06, some that function fine at .10.- ncmech

    At what point should shoplifting be illegal? When the person passes the last register without paying? Maybe they were just going to get a sales flyer. When they walk out the door? Maybe they went to get a cart from outside to do more shopping. When they get to their car? Maybe they forgot their wallet and could did not see a good place to leave the item without it getting put up or tripped over.

    See, there is a problem with laws that relies on "maybes and ifs." There normally is a set point in order to enforce the law otherwise it is up to interpretation and wiggle room.

  • daddyankee Sep 12, 2012

    Really Taxman? That may the most simplistic and naive worldview I've heard lately. Maybe you sleep better at night thinking that the "bad guys" who weren't wearing their seatbelts are now "off the street".

  • BoyInBlue Sep 12, 2012


    As far as checkpoints being unconstitional its time for you to read your case law and General Statutes. US Supreme Court Case Delaware v. Prouse, will prove this. Also NC G.S. 20-16.3A(a), which was also challenged proves that Checkpoints are legal.

    As far as cash grab? Not at all the money does not go to the state or the departments, Stop hating on the police.

  • Tax Man Sep 12, 2012

    Great work law enforcement. Keep it up. These checkpoints should be a regular daily event year round! Gets the bad guys off our streets, lots of cash into our state/local/county coffers and recovers some stolen cars. Very successful if you ask me. Thanks again!

  • ncmech Sep 12, 2012

    I know this wont be a popular opinion, but DWI as a charge in itself based on .08 BAC doesnt make sense. There are plenty of folks impaired at .06, some that function fine at .10. I've never been hit by a drunk driver, but been hit by 3 folks who werent. Im not really concerned with why they hit me- the end results are the same. Dont get in a wreck? Dont get charged. Get in a wreck? Make it an aggravating factor in sentencing. Detaining the innocent without reasonable suspicion should be unconstitutional....