NHC has the second highest number of DWI citations for Booze it and Lose it campaign

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County came in second with the highest number of DWI citations during the recent Booze it and Lose it: Operation Firecracker campaign.

State and local law enforcement officers sited more than 1,340 motorists for driving while impaired during the campaign, according to Gov. Bev Perdue.

"Thanks to law enforcement officers' continued dedication to removing impaired drivers from our roads, more families were able to enjoy the Independence Day holiday together," said Perdue in a statement.

A total of 53,614 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.  Mecklenburg County had the most DWI citations with 93, New Hanover County came in second with 75, and Wake County had 66 DWI citations, bringing them to the third highest number.

According to a press release from Gov. Perdue's office, officers also issued 4,881 safety belt and 729 child passenger safety violations, 15,293 speeding violations and 745 drug charges.

In addition, they apprehended 285 fugitives from justice and recovered 45 stolen vehicles.

For county-by-county citation totals, visit the GHSP Web site, www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp/news.