Booze and Lose: Operation Firecracker

If you're planning to hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, you not only have to worry about gas prices but the number of impaired drivers on the road. That is why law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up patrols starting today. The Fourth of July holiday is considered one of the deadliest for highway travel. So to send a message, law enforcement officers will be out in full force to show drinking and driving is not the best way to celebrate your independence. Through July 6, drivers will see an increase in checkpoints and patrols as part of the booze it and lose it: Operation Firecracker campaign. Sgt. J.O. Holmes of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said, "We are really concentrating on impaired driving arrests. There will be a lot of checkpoints, saturation patrols. While we will be looking for any hazardous moving violations, obviously alcohol-related offenses are going to be one of our top priorities." Out of the 60 fatal crashes in North Carolina during last year's Independence Day holiday week, twenty-one were alcohol related. Operation Firecracker also pulled over more than 2,000 drivers last year who were driving impaired. And, with heavy traffic expected this year, officers aren't taking any chances. "Because of the traffic and congestion, and then you combine that with the holiday weekend, we have a large number of collisions and unfortunately we have a large number of fatalities, and we are going to do everything we can to bring those numbers down," said Holmes. Along with Operation Firecracker, July 5 also marks the Hands Across America Project. Troopers will be stationed along I-40 every 15 miles from Wilmington, to where 40 ends in Barstow, California.

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sometimes i wonder about these dwi laws ,i have know several people that have gotton dwi's then they go an get a paper where then can drive cause they have jobs an so on well thats one problem why give someone that broke the law privlages, they broke the law make them pay the price .let them call a taxi,take a bus find some other way to get to work or so on instead of giving them rights to still drive.people that drink an drive just make me so sick an half of them know how to work the system so they do it again
JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS FOR ALL THE CHECKPOINTS, I KNOW ITS A GREAT IDEA... BARB LYNCH, DIRECTOR OF JUSTICE IN MOTION, IS IN COURT EVERY DAY, ALONG WITH HER ASSOCIATES, WHO LET THE JUDGES AND DA'S, KNOW WHEN SONEONE IS COMING BACK FOR MORE THAN THEIR 1ST VIOLATION.SHE HAS BEEN A BIG ASSET TO US, WHO LOST A DAUGHTER TO A DRUNK DRIVER IN 2002.IT TOOK OVER 4 YEARS BEFORE HE LOST HIS LICENSE, FOR THE 1ST TIME ( HE WAS TICKETED FOR 4 OR MORE DWI'S, BEFORE THIS HAPPENED)I AGREE WE NEED STRONGER LAWS, AS THIS PERSON , STILL DRINKS AND DRIVE WITH A PERMIT FOR WORK...LOL
Follow what they do in N.Y. get caught and your car goes up for auction for the city. I don't like everything they do but somethings do work. Their dwi rates fell dramatically.
I have always thought that anyone caught DWI should lose his/her car. However, Truth Hurtz has some very good ideas. The penalty certainly needs to be more that it is now. Why not make the first offense a felony? While they are at it, make some stiff laws regarding cell phone use while driving.
Law should be...get caught ONCE drinking and driving...we take your car! ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired! If it ruins their lives and causes them to have issues getting to and from work by taking their car...SO FLIPPIN WHAT! Better to make the person suffer than an innocent family suffer from a death...Drunk drivers MAKE ME SICK!
You'd run into Fifth Amendment issues since DWI is a misdemeanor. This is a simpler approach: 1st offense: $5k fine, twelve consecutive weekends in jail, restricted license only available to those with a job and who pay to have the breathalyzer ignition cutout installed. 2nd offense: $10k fine, ninety days in jail, no restricted license available at all, license supended for one full year. 3rd offense: (Felony) one year in prison, $25k fine, licence permanently revoked for life. (The courts might go for forfeititure of vehicle at this point.) Caught driving after that? Five years in prison. Caught driving drunk? Ten years in prison.
Just Do Not Drink If You Drive it's that simple. I like to have a good time as much as the next guy. There is one difference I don't drink and drive. One beer is my limit for driving and I am big guy. A small person 120 lbs or so 1 beer could put them at or over the limit of 0.08. Check it out and you will find it's true. I was shocked to learn I had driven while over the limit. I was in control with no signs of impairment but I was over the 0.08. I am just glad I invested in a breath tester and it was not some officer or even worse. It's simple don't drive after drinking.
"Just Do Not Drink If You Drive it's that simple." >Well said.