NC Halloween Booze It And Lose It Campaign Nets 20,000+ Citations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- For a few thousand drivers in North Carolina, Halloween brought something more than just tricks or treats.

State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti says state and local police handed out nearly 21,000 traffic and criminal citations during the four-day "Booze It and Lose It" campaign that ran from Oct. 28 through Halloween.

Police conducted dedicated patrols and stepped up sobriety checkpoints during the campaign. More than 750 people were cited for driving while impaired. Police logged over 5,700 speeding tickets and handed out over 1,100 seat belt violations.

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

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  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:20 PM
    I cannot deny, I sort of wish I was involved in an industry that had the state channel customers to me while I had the power to tell them what they're going to be paying me- and they HAD to.
  • by DUI/DWI River Criers on Nov 4, 2011 at 08:28 PM
    Anyone that has a problem with this action has probably fallen victim to such "crackdowns". You might think it's unfair or small potatoes vs. drug dealers or worse, but remember....Drunk drivers KILL PEOPLE, Destroy property and maim/cripple people for the rest of their tortured lives. My father drove home from the bar many nights and never hurt anyone...but he MIGHT HAVE, and that's the point.
  • by Law Abiding Location: Citizen on Nov 4, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    Mr.O - There are regularly arrests made for crack, cocaine, heroin dealers, users, etc. as well as DWI offenders. The publicity here is because of the campaign with dedicated and increased enforcement for DWI motorist as well as other motor vehicle law enforcement. I'm glad they're off the roads. Drunk drivers (<---primarily) and speeders are hazardous.
  • by ProLaw Location: Eastern on Nov 4, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Nice, its always good to see Law Enforcement being proactive on the holidays. Mr. O, there are many drug arrests made off checkpoints, and again many of those are felony charges. Plus if you dont think DWI arrests are important I hope one day you dont have someone you care about get hurt by one. Then you might catch youself saying we need more checkpoints and we should focus on proactive stops. Think before you comment. Great job to everyone who worked this.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    Like giving people DWI citations really going to stop them from drinking and driving. It was probably more like over 1000 with DWI citations, but most of them didn't get caught.
  • by Mr.O Location: Washington on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Very nice. Now - how about how many crack/cocaine/heroin dealers were taken off the street in the same time period? Speeders? All those tickets accomplish is revenue. How should we use our police? Traffic citations or felony arrests?
  • by blesstheirhearts Location: greenville,nc on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Good Job !

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