Drunk drivers targeted during St. Patrick’s Day crackdown

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Submitted: Sat, 03/16/2013 - 12:03am
Updated: Sat, 03/16/2013 - 8:25pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement agencies are cracking down across the state. Today they kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze it & Lose it” campaign by unveiling the new BATMobile.

The Breath Alcohol Testing Unit, or BATMobile, will help officers bust drunk drivers.

Officials spoke about the importance of making responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel during a news conference at Wilmington’s Legion Stadium.

Inside the BATMobile there are six stations for officers to perform breath concentration tests, two magistrate stations and surveillance cameras.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says every driver they catch on the road is a potential life being saved.

“It’s saving lives every day, and that’s what’s very important to us: getting impaired drivers and aggressive drivers off the roadways, who are endangering everyone’s lives is our priority,” Ingram said.

Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace says if you drink and drive you will get caught.

Last year more than 800 people across the state were charged with DWI during the St. Patrick’s Day campaign.


  • Vog46 says:

    The place where the sale took place has NOTHING to do with whether a person gets behind the wheel, or not.
    Fri/Sat nights down town prove that.

    So if people didn’t drink and drive it would make no difference where they got their booze……..

    As I said earlier I’d rather the state profit from it.


  • B M says:

    If you think a few glass’s of wine is ok in a traffic stop then you’re in a fantasy, if you think”What does the sale of alcohol have to do with drunk driving? ” if you don’t sale it, they will not use it!!!!!!!

    Not everyone who has a drink does so for the purpuse of getting drunk! no kidding, nobdy want’s to be one the road meeting a driver running side to side, and .08 isn’t a died in the wool tre menace to society!!!!

    If the drunks would stay in the privacy of their homes and pass out there instead of behind the wheel problem solved. For the innocent public anyhow. “and this is exctly what I think we need to adopt, if a person that consumes 2 drinks and a $100.00 meal needs to be classified as a criminal in a traffic stop then it’s high time the state and feds need to get out of the ALCOHOL business!

  • B M says:

    if drinking and driving is such a bad problem then the state of NC needs to get out of the business of ALCOHOL, both promoting, advertising, selling, and profiting from it.

  • OtherGuest says:

    Be careful, my friend…..someone will take note of the logic of your position.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    Well like you stated with the State profiting from it and the judges and lawyers doing same by creating a revolving door for the scum there isn’t much reason to step it up.

    I agree with the other poster. If you blow over the limit take a vehicle. If the punishment is an actual punishment there may actually be some positive reaction to it. Grow a backbone indeed!

  • Guest123 says:

    What does the sale of alcohol have to do with drunk driving? Plenty can have a drink or glass of wine without it making them want to go out and break the law—-By driving drunk—guess what? Not everyone who has a drink does so for the purpuse of getting drunk! So the sale of alcohol isn’t the problem. The problem is the Law breakers who –in most cases are addicted to alcohol or drugs–getting in their cars and driving. If the drunks would stay in the privacy of their homes and pass out there instead of behind the wheel problem solved. For the innocent public anyhow.
    The issue is, the ones caught drunk driving this weekend or anytime need instant jail time. What ever happened to locking them up over night to “dry out”? Of course if it is a 2nd or more offense within a couple years they need at least a couple months in prison.
    Perhaps the taste of prison will be enough to save our loved ones lives in the future. Drunks. make it easy and just wallow in your dwellings while drink. leave your car parked.

  • Guest111 says:

    And all of them in New Hanover County are out enjoying life as usual. Probably all of them across the state. I say take their vehicles if they blow .08! THAT would certainly help with the number of arrests. Make the punishment fit the crime. The drunk drivers are potential murderers. Get a backbone, judges and lawyers and make them pay to the point it hurts.

  • fleebailey says:

    What good would it do to take a person’s car when they are probably upside down on their payments. Must be another bible beater.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    Why bother? NC gives them a slap on the wrist and lets them go.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    How you figure? Just too hard for you to grasp sounds like it to me….

  • guesty says:

    The individual would still be responsible for the balance on the loan for the car that was seized. The financial institution would go after them if they stopped paying. No, the car couldn’t be repossessed because it has been seized, but the individuals credit could be trashed.

  • Aside from the danger and death of DWI incidents.., Somebody must pay the Judicial system and Law enforcement. So that would be the driver.. If all DWI’s cease to exist, then how would the lawyers get paid?? Get my point?

  • GuestKO says:

    we saw the natioanl report showing NC ranks as not caring if drunks drive and kill our citizens.
    I agree with take their car and lock them up for months on a second charge of DUI. 1st time (if no one killed) should be mandatory night/day in jail. How ever long it takes to blow clean.
    It’s clear giving them a ticket, sending them home to their cozy bed and court at some future date doesn’t accomplish anything except making DWI attorneys rich and eventually the drunk driver kills someone . Punishment 1st offense and in most cases there may not be a second offense/

  • NcTrooper1072 says:

    Aside from all the death and grief from a DWI incident, somebody has to pay all the legal devils involved i.e. Judges, Lawyers, and all involved with a DWI bust. The Driver ! The state really like to see’um.. Trust me.. Can you spell “Money Racket” boys and girls? I knew ya could !!

  • Vog46 says:

    I’d rather have the State profit from the sale of alcohol then have the state attempt to institute DRAM laws. That would be an insurance company’s DREAM to underwrite insurance for servers and their company’s.
    People need to exhibit some personal responsibility – the courts need to exercise some consistent sentencing – and police need to remain vigilant.
    But at it’s CORE, the people that drink should not get behind the wheel.


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