As you might remember, we recently warned motorists about the risks of all kinds of car accidents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. During holiday periods, we typically see a significant spike in the number of roadway fatalities. Officers were out on our roadways in full force over the Fourth of July holiday period and they were on the hunt for drunk drivers and other drivers displaying dangerous driving habits statewide.
Well, the results of the enforcement campaign are in and officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) feel that the enforcement efforts were a success.
According to Gene Conti, the State Transportation Secretary, both local and state law enforcement officers were able to cite nearly 2,000 motorists for driving under the influence during this year’s “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign. This campaign ran from the 29th of June through the 9th of July. In addition to the near 2,000 who were busted for driving under the influence, an additional 63,500 were cited for various criminal and traffic violations.
Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand that drunk driving car accidents are common during holiday weekends and other similar time periods.
Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents are also more common during the summer travel season. Just because the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” is over does not mean that enforcement efforts against drunk drivers are as well. There are officers patrolling our roadways in search of these dangerous and irresponsible drivers. Officers would like to remind drivers that there is never a good reason to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. It’s not only a good way to increase your risks of getting into a potentially fatal traffic accident, but it’s also a good way to land yourself in jail.
“These numbers show how dedicated state and local law enforcement are to removing drunk drivers and other violators from our roads,” said Conti.
Throughout the entire state of North Carolina, there were nearly 6,000 dedicated patrols and sobriety checkpoints conducted during the enforcement campaign. Nearly every single officer was on duty and in search of dangerous drivers. It was all in an effort to help improve the safety of our roadways during this dangerous time. This effort will be continuing on and drivers are warned to be safe behind the wheel or face being busted by an officer!
Counties that reported the highest number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) citations:
-Mecklenburg: More than 105 citations.
-Roberson: More than 75 citations.
-Durham: More than 75 citations.
During the enforcement period, officers were also able to apprehend nearly 950 fugitives and were able to recover more than 90 stolen vehicles.
The drunk driving accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to those who have been injured or killed in a car accident in Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte or in any of the nearby areas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free appointment to discuss your rights today.
More Blog Entries:
Teen Car Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere Likely with Alcohol, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 15, 2012
Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere a Summer Risk, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 11, 2012