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Wake Cops Are Tops in Tagging Drunken Drivers

Posted July 10, 2007

— Police issued the more citations for drunken driving in Wake County than anywhere else in the state during a crackdown around the Fourth of July, said offiicals.

During Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker, police said they issued 159 citations for driving while impaired to motorists in Wake County.

Mecklenberg County came in second with 124 citations, followed by New Hanover County at 79.

State and local law-enforcement officers gave out 2,129 DWI citiations statewide during the campaign, which ran June 28-July 8.

"I commend the state and local law-enforcement officers who took part in this life-saving campaign to remove impaired drivers from our roads," said Gov. Mike Easley. "Their continued dedication to highway safety helped protect motorists across the state throughout the Foruth of July period."

Officers said they also issued 71,048 citations for offenses ranging from safety belt and speeding violations to drug charges.


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  • blackdog Jul 11, 2007

    This is good reason not to go into Raleigh on the weekend and visit a bar or enjoy a drink downtown.

  • Brick Tamland Jul 11, 2007

    I'm not sure this is something to celebrate. It's sad that they caught so many.

  • nowayeddy Jul 11, 2007

    Great, now if they can just get the convictions to go with the charges

  • lilwil Jul 11, 2007

    I wish they would come to Wayne County and start handing out tickets...often you see folk even driving with a bottle/can of beer and drinking it.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 11, 2007

    I agree rhondagurl and animallover. Left laners are the #1 reason for road rage. I am from a state with a courteous driver law as well. If a vehicle is on a two lane highway or road they have to pull over and let traffic go by. It is uncommon for idiots to cruise the passing lane at 45 mph too.

  • LambeauSouth Jul 11, 2007

    Seems they missed one this very morning, I was driving on 40 east and there was a drunk or drug user driving a Ford Explorer
    all over the road, this was rush hour traffic! I do not carry a cell phone so I hope someone called the Cops. We need more citizens to call the police when they see someone drive as eratic as this guy was, I just dont carry a cell.Why dont they patrol during rush hour?

  • Rocknhorse Jul 11, 2007

    TaxMan, I'm with you! The judicial system is WAY too lenient. I feel that it should be assault with a deadly weapon, intent to kill at best and First Degree Murder at worst!

  • Tax Man Jul 11, 2007

    Great job for the police! Makes you wonder how anyone, knowing the police would be out in force on a holiday, would get behind the wheel after drinking too much. Imagine they catch less than 10% of the drunks. We are too lenient on drunk driving in NC - it should be a zero tolerance crime, at least a misdemeanor, and a second offense should be a felony with a long term in prison. How hard is it to ask someone else to drive or take a cab or just sleep it off? And how many innocent people have to die because these thugs have no personal responsibility? Enough is enough - driving is a privilege - drunk drivers give up that privilege. Do not let them drive again, ever, in any state.

  • terriersrfun Jul 11, 2007

    I applaud the efforts of our LEOs, but it is really terrible that so many drivers are on the road in an impaired condition. If they caught 159, how many were really on the road?

  • littleredwolfie Jul 11, 2007


    Again, good job, guys!!!

    I meant to say that I was coming home from South Carolina on July 4th...I had helped move my daughter to Greenville (she's in med school). I saw very few LEOs in South Carolina but just as soon as I crossed back into North Carolina, there were four on the side of the road at the state line. Less than one mile up, three others had cars stopped. That's pretty much how it was all the way home. I didn't see the numbers of traffic-related deaths for the holiday but I am sure with that many officers out there, it had to be better.