1,291 DWI citations issued during NC "Booze It & Lose It" campaign

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) - More than 1,200 motorists were cited during North Carolina's statewide "Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker" campaign, officials announced Thursday.

State and local law enforcement officers cited 1,291 people for driving impaired during the campaign that was executed June 28 through July 4. Officials said a total of 49,235 traffic and criminal citations were issued across the state.

"We received an outpouring of support from law enforcement from across the state during this effort," David Weinstein, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, said. "Their dedication in removing impaired drivers from our roads is greatly appreciated."

The campaign led state and local law enforcement agencies to set up more than 4,609 sobriety checkpoints and dedicate patrols to specifically target impaired driving.

The counties with the largest numbers of DWI citations included Mecklenburg, Wake and New Hanover counties.

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