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Published Tue, Nov 06, 2012 08:00 PM
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Police work to get drunk drivers off the road

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- ajames@newsobserver.com

CLAYTON -- Clayton police have been cracking down on drinking and driving, conducting a “Booze It and Lose It” campaign during the week of Halloween that resulted in 63 criminal charges.

The “Booze It and Lose It” campaign took place Oct. 26-31. On Friday night, 18 officers from six agencies teamed up for a DWI checkpoint on N.C. 42 East from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The checkpoint resulted in getting two drunk drivers off the road.

The relatively low number of drunk drivers stopped at the checkpoint, prompted town spokeswoman Stacy Beard to suggest educational efforts of working. “This hopefully means the message of no drinking and driving is getting out there,” Beard said.

The checkpoint also led to other charges unrelated to drinking. Officers charged six people with driving with a revoked license, and nine people were charged with driving without a license. Eight people were charged with expired registration, and seven people were charged with expired inspection. Two people were charged with having no insurance, while two others were charged with improper child restraints. There were four charges of drug violations.

There were no more checkpoints during the campaign, but there were other charges and arrests throughout the week.

During the course of the Halloween campaign throughout town, Clayton police ticketed 11 speeders and arrested two drivers on outstanding warrants. Other drivers were charged with improper child restraints, drugs, insurance and license violations.

Last year, 388 people died in alcohol-related wrecks in North Carolina. More than 10,000 accidents involving drunk driving were reported last year. In those crashes, 8,159 people were injured.

James: 919-553-7234

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