Clayton Targeting Halloween Drinking & Driving
The Clayton Police Department wasted no time taking the recently-launched Halloween Booze It & Lose It Campaign to the streets of Clayton. On rain-slicked N.C. 42 East on Friday, October 26, 2012, eighteen officers from six different area agencies teamed up for a DWI checkpoint.
From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., they checked hundreds of cars, helping to get suspected drunk drivers off Clayton roadways. Below is a tally of the charges from the October 26, 2012 Booze It & Lose It Checkpoint in Clayton:
Driving While Impaired (DWI) - 2
Driving With a Revoked License - 6
Driving Without a License - 9
Expired Registriation - 8
Expired Inspection – 7
No Insurance – 2
Revoked Tag – 1
Improper Child Restraints – 2
Drug Violation – 4
TOTAL CHARGES – 39
During the course of the Halloween campaign throughout town, Clayton police also ticketed 11 speeders and arrested two drivers for outstanding warrants. They also cited drivers for these additional charges regarding proper child restraints, drugs, insurance and license violations for a grand total from the 2012 Halloween Booze It & Lose It Campaign of 63 different charges.
A huge thanks to the troopers from the NC Highway Patrol and the officers of the Selma, Smithfield, Princeton and Willson's Mills police departments for volunteering at the checkpoint. And we couldn't have done it without the BATmobile - the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety program's mobile breath-alcohol testing unit.
The Halloween Booze It & Lose It Campaign is getting out the message that the scariest place this holiday is not in a haunted house or in a graveyard, it can be behind the wheel of a car. Impaired drivers, who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, end up making the roads scarier than a horror movie.
The campaign ran through Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Law enforcement was out in full force to remove drunk drivers from North Carolina’s highways.
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.