Operation Firecracker Yields Nearly 2,000 DWI Arrests Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that 1,929 DWI arrests were made during “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” which ran from June 27 through July 6.
“The 4th of July Holiday is a great time to celebrate the freedoms we have as Americans,” said Don Nail director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “We thank our law enforcement partners for protecting our freedoms and keeping us safe by arresting those who make the decision to drink and drive.”

The top five counties for DWI arrests during the 4th of July “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign include:
• Wake County with 197 DWI arrests;
• Guilford County with 141 DWI arrests;
• Mecklenburg County with 105 DWI arrests;
• Cumberland County with 88 DWI arrests; and
• Robeson County with 86 DWI arrests.

In addition to DWI arrests, local and state law enforcement officers issued 64,626 traffic and criminal citations statewide at 8,018 checking stations and patrols. They also issued 4,666 safety belt and 849 child passenger safety violations; 18,862 speeding violations; 278 work zone violations and 1,869 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 1,565 fugitives from justice and recovered 108 stolen vehicles.

For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665 or visit the GHSP website.


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