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More Than 700 Cited in Recent 'Booze It & Lose It' Campaign

Posted March 21, 2007 12:20 p.m. EDT
Updated March 21, 2007 4:52 p.m. EDT

— The Highway Patrol is processing a busy St. Patrick's Day weekend.

State and local law enforcement officers cited 733 people for driving while impaired during the weekend's "Booze It and Lose It"
campaign. A total of 19,185 traffic and criminal citiations were issued statewide.

Officers across the state conducted nearly 1,900 sobriety checkpoints. The counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg with 46, Wake with 37 and Cabarrus with 30.

“I commend our state and local law enforcement officers for their continued dedication to keeping motorists safe from impaired drivers,” Gov. Mike Easley said. “Their increased visibility during the past weekend reinforces the message that drinking and driving is not acceptable in North Carolina."

"Booze It and Lose It" is coordinated by the Governor's Highway Safety Campaign in conjunction with the state Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies.

Authorities also issued 1,751 safety belt and 275 child passenger safety violations, 6,089 speeding violations and 463 drug charges. In addition, officers apprehended 175 fugitives from justice and recovered 36 stolen vehicles.