145 citations issued in Operation Firecracker

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Sheriff's Office deputies were out in full force during the July 4th holiday, cracking down on impaired drivers.

The Sheriff's Alcohol Field Enforcement Unit (S.A.F.E.)  issued 145 violations during "Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker" campaign, which ran June 29 to July 5.  There was a total of 13 citations for driving while impaired.

Here is an activity summary:

Check Points / Saturation / Random Patrols              12

Under 21 Years of Age Driving While Impaired          02

21 and Over Driving While Impaired                          11

Safety Belt Violations                                                 20

Child Passenger Safety Violations                              02

Drug Violations                                                           03

Speeding                                                                    34

Driving While License Revoked                                   14

Uninsured Motorists                                                   02

Reckless Driving                                                         01

Other Traffic Violations                                               56

"Too many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving don't mix. Impaired driving is no accident-nor is it a victimless crime," said Chief Deputy Ed McMahon.  "It's vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end."

According to the sheriff's office 12 people died from alcohol related crashes in North Carolina during the week of Independence Day in 2008.  There were an additional 377 alcohol related accidents.

McMahon offers these steps to stay safe and enjoy festivities without jeopardizing their life or the life of others:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking,  please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to call 911

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