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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State and local police cited nearly 3,000 motorists across North Carolina for driving while impaired during a Labor Day-themed campaign.

Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said Friday that the numbers show the effectiveness of the “Booze It and Lose It” campaign, which lasted from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.

Police across the state increased the number of sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols, in hopes of making the roads safer during the holiday period. Overall, police handed out nearly 97,000 traffic and criminal citations during the operation.

That included more than 28,000 speeding tickets and nearly 6,800 safety belt violations.

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