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Operation Firecracker results released

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State and local police across North
Carolina made nearly 1,200 arrests for drunken driving offenses
during the July Fourth holiday period.

State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said Thursday that the
Operation Firecracker campaign also saw a total of nearly 43,000
traffic and criminal citations issued.

Mecklenburg, Durham, Wake and Guilford counties recorded the
highest numbers of drunken driving arrests. The number of drunken
driving arrests this year were roughly the same as during the July
Fourth holiday in 2010.

The operation lasted from June 27 through July 4. Sobriety
checkpoints and special patrols across the state netted 414
fugitives, recovered 39 stolen vehicles and witnessed nearly 13,000
speeding tickets written by police.

The state Highway Patrol said seven people were killed during
the holiday period, compared to 18 in 2010.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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