WILMINGTON — During Labor Day weekend, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and surrounding agencies, were cracking down on drunk-driving.
Annually, a Booze It and Lose It campaign around Labor Day to mitigate traffic incidents and fatalities on the road. A release from the department of transportation notes 423 people died in 2021 due to alcohol-related crashes; 15 were reported during the Labor Day campaign last year.
The campaign is in place through Sept. 11 statewide; however, on Sept. 4 participating agencies set up a check station at Greenfield and 3rd streets. at 10 p.m. and ceased operations on Sept. 5 at 1:30 a.m. The Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile was on site and the check was manned with 25 officers.
Other participating agencies included: Carolina Beach Police Department, NC SHP B6 New Hanover, Wilmington Police Department, Surf City Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
A total of 101 citations were written:
- DWI Citations: 8
- Speed Citations: 3
- Restraint Citations: 3
- No Operator’s License Citations: 34
- Driving While License Revoked Citations: 13
- Registration Violation Citations: 31
- No Insurance Citations: 6
- Other Traffic Citations: 3
- Fugitives Arrested: 1
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