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Holiday "Booze It & Lose It" campaign nets 3,627 DWI arrests

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- State and local law enforcement officers cited 3,627 motorists for driving while impaired during the Holiday "Booze It & Lose It" campaign, which ran Dec. 3–Jan 2. They issued a total of 136,769 traffic and criminal citations statewide.

"These numbers show our dedication to making our roads safer by removing drivers under the influence from our roadways," Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said.

During the Governor's Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 10,643 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Wake (303), Mecklenburg (292) and Guilford (144).

Officers also issued 7,041 safety belt and 1,423 child passenger safety violations, 38,662 speeding violations and 3,994 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 2,247 fugitives from justice and recovered 228 stolen vehicles.

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