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News State / Region ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaign nets 2,957 DWI arrests

Secretary Gene Conti has announced that state and local law enforcement officers cited 2,957 motorists for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It” Labor Day campaign, which ran Aug. 19-Sept. 5. A total of 96,827 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“It is important to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving,” Secretary Conti said. “The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, worked hard during this Labor Day to remove drunk drivers from our great state’s highways. Removing violators makes our roadways safer, and safety is our top priority.”

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 8,081 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg (217), Wake (203), New Hanover (133) and Guilford (113).

Officers also issued 6,774 safety belt and 1,180 child passenger safety violations, 28,242 speeding violations and 2,182 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 1,353 fugitives from justice and recovered 139 stolen vehicles.

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