Drinking, driving don’t mix

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 06:38 AM

State and local law enforcement officers were out in full force during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign last weekend, netting 690 DWI arrests across North Carolina.

Rutherford County law enforcement officers implemented 20 checkpoints and patrols, resulting in 4 DWI arrests.

During the campaign, officers conducted 2,391 statewide sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“We hope to bring a clear message to motorists by increasing enforcement efforts — don’t drink and drive,” said Becky Wallace, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in a press release. “Always be responsible and choose a designated driver before you get behind the wheel.”

Counties with the highest number of DWI citations included Wake (54), Guilford (33) and Forsyth (31).

Officers also issued 1,716 restraint charges statewide that included safety belt and child passenger safety violations.

These violations were relatively low for Rutherford County motorists, with 18 occupant restraint charges.

Another significant statistic from the campaign was the number of speeding violations.

Statewide speeding violations totaled 5,842, with 43 of the citations in Rutherford County.

The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is one of several enforcement programs used by state and local law enforcement officers to help keep drivers safe on highways and county roads.

The next statewide “Booze It & Lose It” campaign will be held during the Fourth of July holiday.