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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several area law enforcement agencies came together last night to “saturate the city.”

They were on the lookout for unsafe drivers, particularly those driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medication, and drugs.

The “Booze It and Lose It” bus was also on hand to quickly process those arrested.

“As it is right now, there are still plenty of impaired drivers out there. There are still plenty of crashes as a result of impaired drivers, and injuries as a result of it. So we’re doing everything we can to put a lid on it,” said Wilmington Police Department Sgt. Mike Donelson.

WWAY was there as police made arrest after arrest.

At the end of the night, officers had taken eight drunk drivers off the roads, and issued more than 30 other citations.

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19 Comments on "UPDATE: WPD traffic operation takes drunk drivers off the roads"

2015 years 9 months ago

We’d all rather see their time being spent preventing violent crime and Breaking and entering, that would mean actually getting out in the public at late hours in fully marked cars and “uniforms”, something we aren’t likely to see, they’d rather mess with a person that has been out to eat supper and had 2 beers, not hurting a soul, minding their own business, lot less dangerous and easier targets.

2015 years 9 months ago

In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1

I guess 10,228 people being killed by drunk drivers is not violent enough to warrant action?


2015 years 9 months ago

I’d much rather see downtown problem areas ‘saturated’ with officers. It’s time that WPD got serious about violent crimes.

2015 years 9 months ago

The sad thing is they do saturate the downtown area every Wed,Thur, Fri and Sat. Unfortunately 5-6 officers stand in the same spot for hours at a time. I witness this every week.

2015 years 9 months ago

Congrats to the WPD and also the other agencies that took part in getting these drunks off the roads, I wish they had the time and resources to set up check points on a weekly basis but the problem here is these drunks go out and hire one of these slick attorneys here in Wilmington and keep drinking and driving. In my opinion there should be at least a mandatory 30 days in jail for the first offense….if the offender loses his/her job, so what!!

2015 years 9 months ago

These slick lawyers don’t make the rules of the system. They just use the system to the best advantage for their clients. That is what they are paid to do. The clients wouldn’t get off so easy, if the prosecutors and judges wouldn’t agree to the plea bargains.

If you want reform, then you are barking up the wrong tree. It’s the legislators who make the laws that are not stringent enough. Drunk driving should be a felony. And the punishment should be greater for drunk driving offenses.

2015 years 9 months ago

I agree with keeping the OUI drivers off the road. They have the resources they just need to use them correctly. It involves scheduling a few officers to night shift if this is a priority ( not hire more) as most people know where the drinking is done and just keep moving the check points around and work with the NHSD.

2015 years 9 months ago

how about they go arrest some of the thugs walking around selling their medicaid pills instead of business patrons? $35 minimum city taxi fees, .08 DWI and $3.50 gas has invoked the biggest curfews ever in this city!

RU Kidding
2015 years 9 months ago

So neither GuestStudy or Brian think it is important to take drunk drivers off of the streets?? The two of you are complete and total idiots!

2015 years 9 months ago

The CDC also reports that in 2010 31,513 people in the US have died from GUNS. Of that total, 11,105 were HOMICIDES.

2015 years 9 months ago

maybe we ought to ban cars….!!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

Good idea!

And while we’re at it, let’s ban knives. I’d be willing to bet just as many people, if not more, are killed each year with knives as guns and most household have several. Knives are readily available for sale in most stores and require no background check.

2015 years 9 months ago

The number of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers is a crime. Ask the relatives that must identify the mangled bodies and I imagine they would classify it as A VIOLENT CRIME.

B M shouldn’t hide behind the old “2 beers” with dinner. According to the website below: 2 beers over an hour dinner for a person weighing 180 lbs = blood alcohol content of .02 (well below the .08 limit). It takes 5 beers in one hour for a 180 lb person to hit the magic .08 BAC. It would take 4-5 glasses of wine in an hour to go over the .o8 BAC.

These are the people that we must get and keep off the road, so the rest of us are safe.


2015 years 9 months ago

Evidently you’ve never lost anyone to the brainless actions of a drunk driver. As far as I’m concerned if you have to have your 2 beers, stay at home to have those as well!

I personally witnessed another Walmart fool last Friday night. Carrying a 12 pack through the meat section, he was two steps sidways and one forward. I stood back and watched as he lost his balance and fell flat on his drunken butt in the middle of everybody. I continued to watch. He checked out without a problem. Walmart sold the drunk more alcohol even though they had his inebrieated behavior clearly visible on the 5,000 security cameras that nobody watches. He exited the store in his stagger and I followed him and watched him get into his car. He dropped his keys 4 times and dropped his 12 pack trying to unlock the door. This gave me the time to call 911. I sat back, watched him get handcuffed, arrested and carted of to jail for what will only be a few hours. This man couldn’t walk, talk or even open the door to his car due to being so drunk. I may have saved his and/or someone elses life by calling him in. Walmart didn’t do what they were supposed to. I did and I’ll do it again.
Personally, I’m sick and tired of hearing about the deaths of innocent families and children due to the total irresponsible behavior of a sniveling drunk.

Now…go have your two beers and enjoy. I’m watching.

Guest Op
2015 years 9 months ago

I imagine that the relatives of the thousands of people killed each year by drunk drivers would disagree with you on police spending more time preventing “violent crime”. If you had to go to the morgue to identify the mangled bodies of loved ones killed by a drunk driver, you might decide that this IS A VIOLENT CRIME!

B M, please don’t hide behind the old arguement of a couple of beers with dinner. According to the website below, 2 beers over an hours dinner for someone weighting 180 lbs results in a blood alcohol of .02% (well below the legal limit of .08). Try 5 beers in an hour or 4-5 glasses of wine in an hour. That will break the magic .08 barrier and is well above the casual drinking you mentioned.

Not only do these stops catch the DWI’s, but looked at the ones with no license, no insurance, under revocation, open warrants, etc. I hope the police keep it up and make these stops more often.


2015 years 9 months ago

Since you are so righteous you should have been with me today at 11:00 am going down 211 to southport, approaching the St James light 100′ from the intersection an old driver pulled right out in front of me making a right turn, oblivious to the world, turned that into a 3 lane section in a millesecond, neither him nor his wife still have a clue, they seem to think they own the world, would not have cared less if their actions had have killed a family, point I’m trying to make here is NC is so engrained in feel good reactions they fail to recognize the real dangers on our highways, .08 is not near as dangerous as incoherswent, brainless drivers, on a side note, does handicapped stickers mean physical or mental, because if it’s mental they don’t need to be endangering our highways!!!!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

They’re already chasing violent crime. And if you’ve been out to dinner and only had two beers you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!

2015 years 9 months ago

Why anyone would even chance having a few and driving is beyond me,but how could getting these folks off the road be a bad thing. I do agree with posters about basic traffic violations being a waste of manpower.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Was on Carolina Beach Rd. yesterday around 3:00 PM.
From what I saw with traffic…the drunks were back out on the road and having a blast!


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