Raleigh-State and local law enforcement officers arrested 1,785 drunk drivers during "Operation Firecracker", the Governor's Highway Safety Program's July Fourth holiday "Booze It & Lose It" enforcement campaign.
Over the enforcement period of June 26 through July 5, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina issued 63,477 traffic and criminal violations during 6,571 sobriety-checking stations and saturation patrols.
"The Fourth of July is a time we celebrate our nation's birth and the freedoms we enjoy daily," said Don Nail, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "I applaud the efforts of our state and local law enforcement officers for the number of impaired drivers they removed from our roads during the holiday, allowing our citizens to be free from the dangers those who chose to drink and drive present."
The top five counties for DWI arrests during the "Operation Firecracker Booze It & Lose It" campaign were:
Wake County -166
Robeson County - 115
Mecklenburg County -93
Guilford County -80
Cumberland County - 61
The N.C. Department of Transportation
and Governor's Highway Safety Program
launched a summer marketing campaign, "Don't Drink and Drive. You're Smarter Than That" to complement enforcement efforts. The campaign focuses on building awareness of the variety of options that are readily available to get individuals home safely after drinking -including calling a friend, using a taxi, taking public transportation, or designating a driver.
For more information regarding "Booze It & Lose It" activities and county totals, contact Jonathan Bandy at 919-618-1974 or visit the GHSP website