FIRST ON 3: Almost 1,200 drivers busted for DWI over holiday weekend

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 1,192 motorists for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign, which ran June 27-July 4. A total of 42,997 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers worked hard during this campaign to remove drunk drivers and other violators from our roads,” Conti said. “Safety is our top priority and this effort shows there are serious consequences to drinking and driving.”

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 3,728 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg (91), Durham (78), Wake (54) and Guilford (44).

Officers also issued 3,567 safety belt and 592 child passenger safety violations, 12,834 speeding violations and 863 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 414 fugitives from justice and recovered 39 stolen vehicles.

For more information regarding county-by-county citation totals or other “Booze It & Lose It” activities, visit the GHSP website.

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are the crimminal defense attorneys. Visions of sugar plums are dancing before their eyes as they envision all of the fees, filing costs, and repeat court appearances to secure an eventual reduction in sentence.

This is an unbelievable high incidence rate for this short period of time.
1192 DWI's in one week.

42,997 traffic and criminal citations in one week's time.

"officers cited 1,192 motorists for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign, which ran June 27-July 4. A total of 42,997 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide."

What are we, a State of savages or is this really the New Wild, Wild West?

Drunk Drivers:
Your reaction time, judgement and common sense are IMPAIRED when you drink and drive, so decide NOT to drive before you begin to drink, okay? Please, feel free to walk, cab or limo to and from, we implore you!

You may save your own, your moms, dads, spouse, childs, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin's, friends, ministers,etc life tonight. You may save mine and for that we can all be THANKFUL!!!

Otherwise, Cheers! Bottoms-Up! Pour yourself a tall one and enjoy life, but let others live to enjoy theirs too.
This has been a public service announcement from Guest 2012 just in case you have never heard it before and have no moral, ethic and value code.
Think about it!

So glad we did not make the top 4. Maybe we are getting better, I hope so.

That should be 1200 vehicles lined up at a police auction. If you drive drunk, you should lose your ride. I guarantee you that there would be very few repeat offenders.

It is sad that so many people have such little regard for their own safety, that of their family, and all the others that share the road with them that they would drive while drinking alcohol. Hopefully, some day, there will be new laws with severe consequences that will make these people think long and hard before driving when they should not. If this many were caught, think of how many got away.

Guest666 how right you are!!! And from some of the articles I have read, underaged drinking is becoming outrageous. If you are parents of teenagers, please teach your kids how dangerous it is for them to drink acohol whether they are behind the wheel or not. The way some of these kids drink today...it has already affected their liver and other organs. Some of them are so narrowed minded that they tell people how bad smoking is for you (and I definately agree that it is) and will drink and party all night as if it does not affect body in the same way.

first time ...blow bo. Second time....throw the book at them