Operation Fire Cracker Booze It & Lose It Stats: Fewer Arrests Than Last Year Statewide

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Program has announced that the latest Booze It & Lose It campaign resulted in fewer arrest than this time last year.

During the latest GHSP Operation Firecracker campaign, which ran from June 27, through July 10, there were 1,373 total arrests, that is 76 fewer arrest from 1,449 arrests a year ago.

“State and local law enforcement agencies targeted impaired drivers with innovative and extensive driving enforcement and education efforts.”, according to NCDOT. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participated in the campaign by continually holding sobriety checkpoints in all North Carolina counties. “This means that drivers are getting it,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “They are learning to make better choices instead of driving while impaired. Campaigns like these are all about saving lives, and these results show North Carolinians are getting that message,” added Ezzell.

The Booze It & Lose It campaign complements the NC Vision Zero initiative, which also aims to save lives on North Carolina roadways. The goal is to reach zero traffic-related fatalities through coordinated agency-to-agency efforts that help reduce risky driving behaviors by changing the overall traffic safety culture.

Below are stats for the High Country:

Checkpoints: Watauga – 0, Ashe – 2 , Avery – 0
Number of Saturation Patrol: Watauga – 14, Ashe – 2, Avery – 0
Total Number of Checkpoints and Patrols: Watauga – 14, Ashe – 12, Avery – 0

DWI Drug Charges: Watauga – 0, Ashe – 0, Avery – 0

Under 21 DWI Charges: Watauga – 0, Ashe – 0, Avery – 0
21 and Over DWI Charges: Watauga – 20, Ashe – 1, Avery – 1
TOTAL DWI:Watauga – 20, Ashe – 1, Avery – 1

Safety Belt Violations: Watauga – 10, Ashe – 6, Avery – 12
Child Passenger Safety: Watauga – 0, Ashe – 0, Avery – 0
Total Occupant Restraint Charges:Watauga – 10, Ashe – 6, Avery – 12

Drug Violations: Watauga – 12, Ashe – 2, Avery – 0

Other Criminal Violations: Watauga – 11, Ashe – 2 , Avery – 0

Total Criminal Violations: Watauga – 23, Ashe – 4, Avery – 0

Speeding: Watauga – 85, Ashe – 4, Avery – 15
Drive While License Revoked: Watauga – 13, Ashe – 11, Avery – 3
Other Traffic Violations Not Listed: Watauga – 74, Ashe – 40, Avery – 32

Uninsured Motorist: Watauga – 6, Ashe – 4, Avery – 4
Reckless Driving: Watauga – 3, Ashe – 1, Avery – 2

Stolen Vehicles Recovered: Watauga – 1, Ashe – 0, Avery – 0
Wanted Persons Apprehended: Watauga – 19, Ashe – 0, Avery – 1

Total Traffic and Criminal Violations: Watauga – 260, Ashe – 71, Avery – 70

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