RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that nearly 1,800 DWI arrests were made during “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” over the Independence Day holiday, which was held June 28-July 7.
“Law enforcement officials statewide continue to play a pivotal role in keeping those who drink and drive off the roads,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Year round and especially during ‘Booze It & Lose It’ officers are going above and beyond the call of duty to keep our highways safe.”
To help combat drunk driving, and make our roads safer, over the Independence Day holiday and throughout the year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program – in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – has provided grants to create DWI task forces in areas with the highest number of DWI-related deaths.
There are currently seven DWI task forces across the state whose sole purpose is to get drunk drivers off the roads. Those seven counties that have DWI task forces were responsible for 455 of the 1,737 DWI arrests.
Guilford County is one of the newest task forces and is already making an impact. During the 2012 “Operation Firecracker” campaign there were 50 DWI arrests and in 2013 there were 146 DWI arrests.
In addition to DWI arrests, there were a total of 56,774 traffic and criminal citations issued statewide. Officers issued 4,194 safety belt and 729 child passenger safety violations, 15,972 speeding violations and 1,665 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 1,379 fugitives from justice and recovered 92 stolen vehicles.
For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” activities, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665, or visit the GHSP website.
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