RALEIGH During this year's Halloween "Booze It & Lose It" campaign, law enforcement officers from across the state arrested 583 drunk drivers before they could create real life nightmares on North Carolina's roadways.
"The safety and security of our citizens is a top priority of our administration and North Carolina's law enforcement," said Governor Pat McCrory. "North Carolina's Booze It & Lose It' Campaign is saving lives in our state and I'm proud of their efforts on Halloween, and every day of the year."
The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Halloween "Booze It & Lose It" campaign include:
Wake County with69 DWI arrests;
Mecklenburg County with 61 DWI arrests;
Forsyth County with33 DWI arrests;
Guilford County with 27 DWI arrests; and
Brunswick County with 21 DWI arrests.
Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies participated in the Halloween "Booze It & Lose It" campaign, which ran from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Officers issued 16,854 traffic and criminal citations at 1,701 checking stations and saturation patrols across the state.
To complement the increased enforcement efforts, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Governor's Highway Safety Program expanded their use of Twitter and Facebook to remind drivers to designate a sober driver. In particular, they used social media to target males 18-34 years old, which research shows are more likely to drink and drive.
For more information regarding "Booze It & Lose It" activities and county totals, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665 or visit the GHSP website.