RALEIGH – The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “BOO-ze It & Lose It” campaign in partnership with state and local law enforcement officers resulted in 601 driving while intoxicated arrests across the state during the Halloween weekend.
The top five counties for DWI arrests were Wake County – 70, Mecklenburg County – 37, Forsyth County – 29, Guilford County – 25 and Cabarrus County – 23.
“I applaud the efforts of our state and local law enforcement officers for the number of impaired drivers removed from our roads, allowing our citizens to enjoy all the treats of the season,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “With an average of 200 DWI arrests per day, I am proud of the work our officers did to prevent nightmares from an impaired driving crash.”
Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies participated in the Halloween “BOO-ze It & Lose It” campaign, held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Officers issued 16,456 traffic and criminal citations at 1,553 checking stations and saturation patrols across the state.
To complement the increased enforcement efforts, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Governor’s Highway Safety Program utilized social media during the campaign to remind drivers “Don’t Drink and Drive. You’re Smarter Than That.” The campaign reminded drivers of the variety of options that are readily available to get home safely after drinking —including designating a driver, calling a friend, using a taxi or ride service and taking public transportation.
For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, contact Jonathan Bandy at (919) 618-1974 or visit the GHSP website.