• More than 3,000 arrested during 'Booze It and Lose It' campaign


    NORTH CAROLINA - More than 3,000 people were arrested for driving drunk during the holiday "Booze It and Lose It" campaign in North Carolina.
    The campaign ran from Dec. 13, 2013 through 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."

    Law enforcement officers arrested 3,164 people for drunken driving.

    The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Holiday "Booze It and 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
    • 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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