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More than 800 arrested in DWI crackdown

Posted November 5, 2009 2:16 p.m. EST

— State and local law enforcement officers arrested 816 impaired drivers during the Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, officials said Thursday.

A total of 17,573 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide during the campaign, which ran from last Friday through Sunday.

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted more than 2,157 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Fifty-nine driving while impaired citations were issued in Wake County, which was second only to the 80 issued in Mecklenburg County, officials said.

Officers issued 1,189 safety belt violations, 252 child passenger safety violations, 4,975 speeding violations and 359 drug charges. They also apprehended 147 fugitives from justice and recovered 24 stolen vehicles.