• State releases ‘Booze It & Lose It' campaign numbers

    By: Alexa Ashwell


    NORTH CAROLINA - The state released results of its “Booze It & Lose It” campaign that ran March 13 through 17.

    Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina stepped up patrols and conducted checkpoints in an effort to get drunk drivers off the roads.

    Statewide, the number of DWI violations decreased compared to last year.  Statistics showed 785 people were cited for driving while impaired, compared to the more than 800 in 2014.

    The number of DWI violations also decreased in Mecklenburg County. According to the results, 50 DWI violations were written in Mecklenburg County during the campaign this year. That is more than a dozen less than the 64 DWI violations written in the county back in 2014.

    “We were definitely out there. Maybe people are starting to get the idea to not do that,” said North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nash.

    Sgt. Nash pointed out impaired driving isn’t the only cause of accidents. The report showed statewide more people were caught speeding (7,306 violations) and driving without a seatbelt (2,185 violations) this year, when comparing the results of last year’s campaign.

    “If people have their seatbelts on that can help save lives and reduce injuries as well,” said Sgt. Nash.

    The report showed statewide the total number of traffic and criminal violations increased with 28,065 violations written, compared to the 23,867 in 2014.

    This year Mecklenburg County ranked number one in drug violations.  Statistics showed 230 drug violations were written throughout the five-day campaign.  That’s almost 100 more than Wake County, which ranked second in the category.

    Officials pointed out Charlotte has the largest population in the state of North Carolina. Still, Channel 9 reached out to CMPD in hopes officials would be able to weigh in but did not hear back by the time this story aired.

    Residents Channel 9 spoke with said they appreciated the added protection during the long weekend celebrations.

    “Anything to save a life,” said Marjorie Sapp, who is from Charlotte.  “And once you catch one person it can begin the cycle of stopping drugs on the streets.”

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