Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins

Law enforcement is beginning their Labor Day crackdown on drunk driving today in Washington. The Washington Police Department will be joining thousands of other officers across the country to stop drunk drivers over the Labor Day Holiday.

The Washington Police Announced their launching the campaign today called "Drunk Driving--Over The Limit, Under Arrest." The crackdown on drunk driving will continue through Labor Day weekend.

Lt. William Chrismon of the Washington PD had this to say, "Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive-a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle-if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses. We will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road-and save lives that might otherwise be lost."


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  • by Anonymous Location: washington on Aug 23, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    how many times can one get a DUI? Get real, the police don't care about hwy safety. If so drunk drivers would never be licensed to drive. Cocaine and drinking/drugs all day long at CAM enterprises, the police know, do they care?
  • by licensecheck Location: asburychurchroad on Aug 22, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    The police set up license checks in front of my house on Asbury Church Road. They have done this for years. People pull in my drive way to avoid the police. It has put my family at risk for years. I have asked the police what to do and they said put up a no tresspassing sign--but this has not been a good solution for me...The police has used my yard my to make arrests for over ten or more years...
  • by Doesn't matter Location: Greenville on Aug 21, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    The police can arrest drunk drivers all they want but the judge actually has to do something about it. I know someone who doesn't have a license, on probation for DUI, has broken that probation 3 times in the last year, and all they is continue his case. The last time he did this, all they did was send him to a rehab prison for 3 months. Multiple offenders know they can get away with it.
  • by paul Location: kinston on Aug 21, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    A lane should be created just for drunks with concrete barriers on both sides because people will always drink and drive. If people didn't drink and drive at the levels that necessitate the police stopping cars just to check sobriety,and the total number of guilty seems a tiny fraction of drivers at best when arrest tallies are given,the police wouldn't do it, would they? So, the answer is the D.U.I. lane. Lives would be saved,officer hours could be spent a bit more productively,and if the drunks are found outside of their D.U.I. lane, like a car in the H.O.V. lane with less than the required persons,then you can shoot "Joe Six-Pack" like Mr. Humberstone suggested earlier.
  • by Steve Location: Washington on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    To S, I apologize if you were offended or misunderstood by my comment regarding what law enforcement focuses on. My heart truly goes out to the victims and their loved ones But, it's evident that you'RE SOMEWHAT IGNORANT and do not understand the impact of the sale and usage of illegal drugs (pot, heroin and especially crack cocaine) is doing to our community and nation as a whole. Those type of addictions are far more expensive, do much greater damage to this country than any other issue on the table here. Correction, I'm all in regarding DUI crackdowns and hate to see loss of life and loved ones but if we as a community don't "really" take care of the drug issue asap, EVERYONE will end up being THE VICTIM INCLUDING YOU!
  • by Jim Location: Washington on Aug 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    I think there should be a law by which some deputies and police would be designated drivers for people who need a ride home because they've had too much to drink. That could be part of the "to serve and protect" moto.
  • by S Location: Washington,NC on Aug 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    To Steve: Obviously you have never had anyone close to you that was a victim of a drunk driver..if you had,you would never have made such an idiotic statement about "a few drunk drivers"....I sincerely applaud law enforcement for their efforts in getting these incompetent, irresponsible drunks off the highways.....Go get um guys!!!
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Aug 21, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    It's a shame that the police are not authorized to use deadly force, if they encounter a drunk driver. That would end this problem in one weekend, knowing that if you're caught, you're shot, and left on the side of the road.
  • by Cricket Location: Washingon on Aug 21, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    If you drink, stay home or appoint a designated driver. AND ALL YOU FOLKS ADDITCTED TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU DRINK ON TOP OF ALL THESE. YOU THINK ALL DRUGS ARE FINE AS LONG AS THEY ARE LEGALLY PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR. LOL
  • by to B on Aug 21, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Not everyone on a moped drinks/drunk.Yes their some people not allowed to have moped do to multi dwi's.
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