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This past weekend was a busy one for Brunswick County. As beach bunnies tried to catch the last of the summer sun, our roads were heavy with traffic for the long Labor Day weekend.
On Friday night and early Saturday morning, if you were traveling in the southern end of the county, chances are you encountered a group of Brunswick County professionals who weren’t off work for the holiday weekend.
Organized by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team, law enforcement officers from near and far converged on roads near the South Carolina border last Friday. Although they came from different places, their goals were the same: To get dangerous and impaired drivers off our roads.
The checkpoint was a part of a statewide initiative through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program called Booze It & Lose It. The checkpoints usually take place around holidays throughout the year.
Law enforcement and emergency service personnel often have thankless jobs. We know not everyone was happy to see a line of brake lights, stalled traffic and flashing emergency strobes. It’s likely some people were inconvenienced as they headed on their way to and from various locations Friday night and Saturday morning. We hope, however, all of those who encountered the roadblock appreciate its purpose.
A number of citations were issued that night—everything from underage drinking and driving to outstanding warrants. More than a dozen participating law enforcement agencies made 93 arrests, including 11 driving-while-impaired (DWI) charges.
When it was all said and done, Brunswick County roads were a little bit safer than they had been before the checkpoint got under way. We’d hate to think what could have happened had one of the men or women charged with DWI not been stopped and had hurt or killed an innocent person.
We say thank you to all of the men and women from multiple law enforcement agencies who took their time to take part in the checkpoint.
A special thank you goes to First Sgt. Billy Caulk and other members of the sheriff’s special operations team who invested so much time in the planning and coordination of this checkpoint. They are among those who see the horrific results drunk and drugged driving can have on our community.
Check The Brunswick Beacon next week when we’ll report on total citations issued statewide during the Booze It & Lose It campaign.