NC Police Charge Hundreds With Impaired Driving

Officials said that hundreds of motorists in North Carolina were cited for driving while impaired during the week leading to the July Fourth holiday.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said more than 1,300 drivers were cited by state and local police officers during a safe driving campaign between June 29 and July 5.

More than 53,000 citations, including those for driving while impaired, were issued during the period across the state. Officers also conducted 4,881 sobriety checkpoints.

The most DWI charges were issued in Mecklenburg, New Hanover and Wake counties.

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  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 12, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    Mr. H; I thought I was hard-core, but U da man, Right on. I think your example is somewhat extreme, but if we did busieness your way, people wouldn't be gettin on the road drunk, like they do now. Buzz-
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Jul 12, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    What we need to do is build forced labor camps for these drunks. No ifs, ands or buts. No trial, either. The breathalyzer is proof enough. Have some big Army trucks on the side of the road at these checkpoints. Get a drunk, throw him in the back of the truck, handcuffed. Have his vehicle towed to the wrecking yard, and have it crushed into a 4'x4' cube. Once you collect enough drunks, drive them in the trucks out to the labor camps. No phone calls, no lawyers, no trials, no nuthin. Have a postcard sent out the next day to the drunk's kin stating that they are located at a forced labor facility, and won't be coming home, and cannot be visited. If people riot over this, allow police to shoot on sight anyone deemed a threat. If you wanna eliminate crime, you gotta get tough. These are desperate times. Too much crime, lawyers gettin criminals off the hook, repeat offenders, etc. It's time to remove the threat. Put the drunks to work, gutting fish or picking vegetables. Forever.
  • by Concerned Location: Eastern North Carolina on Jul 12, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Yes it is a shame that our law enforcement officers have 2 risk their life each day trying to keep thoses that are drinking or impaired with drugs off the road so they will not harm someone else. It appears that if an impaired driver is involved in an accident they hardly ever get hurt but others get killed. As for the court system turning them aloose this happens quite often also as the Officer 1 states. It seems to be a money game for the attorneys. But, another part of impaired driving that we hardly ever hear of is our politicians getting stopped and they are impaired but it never goes to court. Alot of them are working on our budget in the Senate and House right now and are drawing over $100.00 a day in per diem because they refuse to agree on a budget. Yes, they have their little toddies and parties on us, the taxpayers, and then drive and the officer has to fear for his job if he was to write one of them a citation. No wonder we have such messed up laws in NC
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    The laws will never get tougher until the people who make the laws stop drinking.
  • by To Officer1 Location: GV on Jul 11, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Officer1 I don't envy your job at all. I've served jury duty and attended court for college class requirement, and I was thoroughly disgusted with our legal system. Not trying to downplay what you do, but at times it appears that your job is a waste of time and effort. After watching lawyers and judges spin their magic, and dismiss or delay cases. I couldn't believe the questioning directed toward our law enforcement, like the drug dealer was a role model citizen. Thank you for what you do. Our legal system needs a complete overhaul.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 11, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    I have no problem with someone having a drinky now and then, BUT, when you take it on the road, it's just like pointing a gun at all of the other traffic on the road, and I have a problem with that. If you get caught after having been drinking, I think I shouldn't allow you the PRIVILEAGE to drive on the highway again. I think our court system needs to grow a pair and start doing what is right for everyone, and not letting certain ones get through all of the time. Buzz-
  • by ThinBlue Line Location: Eastern NC on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    Officer1, what an excellent statement! We arrest and the system does everything they can to prove the poor drunk to be the victim...We need some DA's/Judges to get a grip. I wont lie on the stand but the system will almost force you to allow drunks to walk free or they simply dismiss the charge. We do all of that work to watch and drunk set free. I'm sure a Judge would not allow an offender walk free if that offender injured or killed a member of his/her family...we need stronger laws, stronger enforcement and a stronger system! Community Policing is great but it will NOT stop the drunks, speeders and other repeat offenders!!! Let police officers do the job we trained to do!!
  • by hope Location: NC on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    To Officer1, Maybe the entire infrastructure of the court system needs an overhaul. My suggestion, for these types of occurrences, have a fast track system seperate from the regular court. Drive drunk in NC, sober up, & go to the front of the fast track line for sentencing. Call it "YOU blow, YOU go directly to jail".
  • by Neal Shlonson on Jul 11, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    Great job! Now what they need to do is crush/shred the drunk's automobile, and put him/her behind bars, for YEARS.
  • by To Clifton on Jul 11, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    Clifton, can I ask what building a liquor store and drinking and driving have in common? Are you insinuating that the citizens are unable to purchase alcohol without feeling the need to consume said alcohol, then get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle?
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