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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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