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Fayetteville Police Crack Down on Drinking and Driving

Posted December 3, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— Fayetteville Police held their first-ever DWI check point on the city's west side Friday night.

Dozens of officers along with Sheriff's deputies, military police and state troopers were out in full force. The effort was designed to show area motorists that officers will be cracking down on all violators this holiday season.

"We want to remind people not to drink and drive, and that if you do there are consequences for drinking and driving," Fayetteville Police Capt. Bill Simons said. "Just to remind everyone how serious this is in Cumberland County, we have the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center personnel out here."

The checkpoint continued until 3 a.m. Saturday. Police say they plan on having more throughout the month.

North Carolina already has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country, and they could get even stricter.

Right now the blood alcohol rate in the Tar Heel state is .08, but a DWI task force is considering lowering it to .07 for drivers who have already been convicted of DWI. It could eventually be lowered for everyone.

The task force can recommend the change to the Legislature next year.