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NC highway campaigns lead to 16,000 DWI arrests

Posted January 14, 2011 11:04 a.m. EST
Updated January 14, 2011 1:15 p.m. EST

— Highway safety campaigns in North Carolina last year led to more than 16,000 arrests on driving while impaired charges.

Statistics released Friday show the safety campaigns led to 622,413 traffic and criminal citations, with speeding the top violation. The most DWI charges came during a statewide "Booze It & Lose It" effort during the end-of-year holiday season. Nearly 4,000 people were arrested then.

"These lifesaving campaigns educate our citizens on several key highway safety issues and prove effective in enforcing our traffic laws," State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a statement.

The efforts include campaigns focused on drivers under the influence, and those who violate laws on seat belts, child safety, speeding and work-zone safety.