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Task force makes over 200 DWI arrests in a year

Posted June 19, 2010
Updated June 20, 2010

A checkpoint at Wade Avenue and Interstate 40 Saturday night found 79 violations, said Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Agents arrested three people wanted on outstanding warrants and issued 10 citations for DWI and three for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.
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— A Wake County task force created a little over a year ago is catching drunken driving suspects and arresting fugitives from the law.

In just the past three months, the Wake County Traffic Safety Task Force has made about 500 arrests, including 36 for driving while impaired and seven on outstanding warrants.

Run by the sheriff's office and smaller police forces, the task force conducts periodic, unannounced traffic checkpoints to catch suspected drunken drivers and speeders, serve outstanding warrants and to enforce other traffic laws.

"We're out there to make sure you have your seat belt on and you're in compliance with the law," Officer Benjamin Deese of the Garner Police Department said.

A checkpoint at Wade Avenue and Interstate 40 Saturday night found 79 violations, said Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Agents arrested three people wanted on outstanding warrants and issued 10 citations for DWI and three for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Since it was launched in April 2009, the task force has conducted 37 checkpoints and arrested more than 200 motorists on DWI charges.

Deese offered some advice for drivers going through traffic checkpoints.

"People will pull up without having their seat belt on, and they say they took it off because they're getting their driver's license," he said. "Keep it on, and if you pull up and have to take it off then to get your driver's license, that's fine."

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  • Rebelyell Jun 21, 2010

    If they found one drunk driver it was worth it.

  • Rebelyell Jun 21, 2010

    If they found that many, why don't they check every night until they stop finding people drunk? If you don't like inconvenience, stay home!

  • Alexia.1 Jun 21, 2010

    didisaythat, I assume you're referring to me as ungrateful. I'm not ungrateful for getting drunks off the roads, but I don't like the way this operation works. For every drunk found in this inspection process, there are hundreds who are just trying to go somewhere. I do think this is largely a futile exercise. I can find more drunks by watching people come out of bars.

  • didisaythat Jun 21, 2010

    Thanks to the men and women that take their time away from their families to make sure ungrateful people are safe on our roads

  • Alexia.1 Jun 21, 2010

    Saturday night found 79 violations, only 10 of which were the least bit important, while hundreds were completely inconvenienced. I'm all for getting drunks off the road, but I don't think we should go about it this way. Leave people alone. This scene looks like the border checkpoint into some hostile country.