Nearly 800 DWI charges across NC over St. Patrick’s Day and that weekend


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced the results from the St. Patrick’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign, which ran from Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, Mach 20.

There were 790 DWI charges, in which 718 were alcohol related and 72 were drug related, averaging 198 DWI arrests per day, state officials say.

The campaign also yielded 2,474 traffic and criminal citations from 2,813 checking stations and saturation patrols across the state. Over 400 law enforcement agencies participated in the campaign.

The number of DWI charges by county varied based on enforcement levels. Some counties had more checkpoints and random patrols than others during the period, which appeared to result in many more DWI charges.

For example, Cumberland County had a total of 308 checkpoints/patrols with 89 DWI charges while Durham only had 8 checkpoints/patrols and only 3 DWI charges.

The top five counties for DWI arrests during the campaign were:

Cumberland County – 89

Mecklenburg County – 49

Brunswick County – 44

Robeson County – 41

Forsyth County – 40

Here are the DWI arrests for counties in the Triangle region:

Wake County — 34

Durham County — 3

Johnston County — 13

Orange County — 14

Chatham County — 3

Franklin County — 3

Harnett County — 12

Lee County — 4

Moore County — 5

Person County — 6

“Our campaigns help people realize that drinking and driving is a matter of life and death, and that one wrong decision can have devastating consequences,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “We appreciate the work North Carolina’s law enforcement officers do, not only during our campaigns but throughout the year, that help save lives and keep impaired drivers off the road.”Click here to view a complete breakdown of arrests and enforcement efforts by county

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