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774 charged with DWIs over Halloween weekend

Officers set up more than 2,300 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols across the state for the Highway Safety Program's Booze It and Lose It campaign Oct 29-31.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly 800 drivers across the state were cited for drinking and driving over the Halloween weekend, the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program said Wednesday.

Officers set up more than 2,300 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols across the state for the Highway Safety Program’s Booze It and Lose It campaign Oct. 29-31.

Of the 774 DWI charges issued, Wake, Mecklenburg and Pitt counties were among those with the highest number of arrests. Fifty-two people were arrested in both Wake and Mecklenburg counties; and 42 people were charged in Pitt County.

Officers also issued 1,203 seat belt and 262 child passenger safety violations, 5,565 speeding violations and 405 drug charges.

In addition, they arrested 242 fugitives and recovered 19 stolen vehicles.

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