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'Booze It & Lose It' nets 758 DWI arrests

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

State and local law enforcement officers cited 758 motorists for driving while impaired (DWI) during the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign.

During the statewide campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31, officers issued 20,786 criminal citations statewide.

“It is important to remove drivers under the influence from our roadways. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, is dedicated to preventing crashes and making our roadways safer,” N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said.

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 1,664 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols.

Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg with 58, Wake with 51, Robeson with 51 and Guilford with 46.  

Officers also issued 1,131 safety belt and 203 child passenger safety violations, 5,757 speeding violations and 661 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 308 fugitives from justice and recovered 29 stolen vehicles.