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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.

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

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  • disgusted

    But…….NC Court System(Brunswick Co.)sucks. The officers risk their lives to take the idiots off the road and then for some reason the cases are dismissed after being on the court calendar for a year and this same idiot has another DWI in another county within a year. Where is the justice in these cases. Let’s just wait until some innocent person or family is killed???

  • Guest98562

    This is an article that the STARNEWSONLINE has posted: wonder how many more officers of the law have been cited during this “Booze It and Lose It”?

    Sheriff’s deputy resigns after DWI arrest
    by Vicky Eckenrode

    A deputy with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office resigned Tuesday after he was arrested on a drunk driving charge over the Labor Day weekend, a sheriff’s office spokesman said Wednesday.

    The N.C. Highway Patrol stopped Lt. Lawrence Miller, 44, at a checkpoint at the Snow’s Cut Bridge Saturday night and was charged him with DWI, authorities said.

    Miller, who worked with the sheriff’s office for 19 years and was in the patrol unit, resigned before an internal investigation into the matter concluded, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jerry Brewer.

    “I continue to stand firm on my position concerning alcohol related incidents,” Sheriff Ed McMahon stated in a press release.

    First Sgt. Troy Pope of the highway patrol’s Wilmington office said Snow’s Cut Bridge was one of several checkpoints conducted between Thursday and Sunday, in which 85 drivers were charged with drunk driving. The checkpoints were part of a targeted enforcement campaign dubbed Operation Bad Company.

    – Brian Freskos


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