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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement agencies didn’t hesitate to kick off the “Booze it & Lose it” campaign early this holiday weekend. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office set up the first check point of the campaign on US 74 near Leland late Friday night.

Before officers could even set up, an impaired driver wrecked into the back of another vehicle heading westbound on US 74. The Sheriff’s Office said it got five impaired drivers off the road within the first 45 minutes. They said they were able to be more efficient with the help of the BATMobile, a new Breath Alcohol Testing Unit.

“We are just trying to make sure the roads are safe,” First Sgt. William Caulk said. “Hopefully if folks can see that we are out here now, maybe for the rest of the weekend they will think twice before getting behind the wheel.”

Law enforcement agencies across the state will be in full force this weekend for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Guest CommonTater
2015 years 9 months ago

are drunk and txting!? Put that with the fact that Wilmington can’t drive to begin with and…..

2015 years 9 months ago

I agree and they need to take the radios out, stop people from eating, drinking drinks and put the pets in the back seat and out of the drivers lap.

2015 years 9 months ago


Yep. You holier than thou types riding around in your hybrid crossovers on your trendy little Iphones texting are just as bad as a lowlife slimeball driving drunkard. Now if only they had an interlock to make sure the phone was off… Cheers!

2015 years 9 months ago

“maybe for the rest of the weekend they will think twice before getting behind the wheel.”

maybe I will think twice about spending my vacation and money in Brunswick County. The roadblocks/checkpoints around the Sunset Beach area are ridiculous, unconstitutional and illegal. Why do the good folks of Brunswick County put up with this heavy handedness by the Sheriff’s dept?

2015 years 9 months ago

While I believe that we need to remove impaired drivers, the statistics show that the fatality accidents in Brunswick cty, is caused by 1/3 being impaired. Yes, 8 out of 27 in 2012 were identified as impaired. Now, doesn’t one think that patroling for other problems that cause accidents should be inforced at least as much as impaired driving? Or is it easier to collect the money, and raise rates on drivers that are stopped at a legal? checkpoint!! We need to inforce the excess speeding, dangerous road rage, lack of turnsignals being used, texting and lack of defensive driving. Impaired is only 1/3rd of the fatalities caused by impairement, just some ideas that maybe we are putting all the eggs in one basket, because there is less effort that needs to be used to catch impaired drivers. Just some additional thoughts.


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