St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign nets 690 DWI arr - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign nets 690 DWI arrests

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RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -

Law enforcement officers increased patrols during the Governor's Highway Safety Program's St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign and cited 690 motorists for driving while impaired.

"We hope to bring a clear message to motorists by increasing enforcement efforts – don't drink and drive," GHSP Director Becky Wallace said. "Always be responsible and choose a designated driver before you get behind the wheel."

During the campaign, which ran March 15-17, officers statewide conducted 2,391 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Wake (54), Guilford (33) and Forsyth (31).

Officers also issued 1,458 safety belt and 258 child passenger safety violations, 5,842 speeding violations and 555 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 407 fugitives from justice and recovered 9 stolen vehicles.

For more information regarding county-by-county citation totals or other "Booze It & Lose It" activities, visit the GHSP website.  

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