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Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign results in 3,164 DWI arrests


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- Santa was not the only one who made a naughty list over the holidays. Law enforcement officers across the state did, too, as they patrolled day and night, catching drivers who got behind the wheel impaired.

They arrested 3,164 people for driving drunk during the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran from Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 5.

"We thank the law enforcement officers who worked tirelessly to keep our roads safe while families and friends gathered together over the holidays,"” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “"Our efforts to keep those who travel on North Carolina highways safe will continue each and every day, until we reach our goal of zero highway fatalities."

The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign include:

Wake County with 329 DWI arrests;
Mecklenburg County had 261 DWI arrests;
Guilford County had 197 DWI arrests;
Forsyth County had 157 DWI arrests; and
Cumberland County had 103 DWI arrests.

In addition to DWI arrests, local and state law enforcement officers issued 116,423 traffic and criminal citations statewide. They issued 6,285 safety belt and 1,086 child passenger safety violations; 32,737 speeding violations and 4,042 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 3,232 fugitives from justice and recovered 190 stolen vehicles.

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Waste of resources

Imagine how much better off we could be today if they were out arresting real criminals and locking up the thugs and drug dealers.....

Shame on those police

Shame on those police officers for taking 1047 potential killers off of the street.

How moronic

Drunk Drivers are real criminals.

Imagine how much better off

Imagine how much better off we could be today if you would practice some more: don't talk until we point to you.
Imagine how much better off we could be today to NEVER have to tell someone's child their parent was killed by a drunk driver. (Which I had to back in 2009).
Imagine how much better off we could be today if people like YOU would practice more shut the hell up. (Yep I basically stated it twice).
By the way, what have YOU done to help your city today?


Waste of resources? Tell that to the parent of a child that was killed by a drunk driver.


Wonder if you would have the same comment if one of these drunk drivers killed a friend or family member...


Yea, those mean ole police officers should not be arresting drunk drivers. Drunk drivers never hurt anybody.