Multiple drivers cited during Labor Day campaigns

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

The Highway Patrol troop were out in force during Labor Day weekend.

Throughout the weekend, troopers focused on two separate campaigns. The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign ran from Aug. 16 through the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 2 while the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” campaign ran from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, according to statements from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

To help keep the roads safe during the Labor Day holiday, they had many more troopers than usual out on the roads, First Sgt. M.R. Leach of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

“I put everyone out there that I could,” he said.

He has 30 people assigned to him, 28 of whom were working during the Labor Day weekend, he said.

As part of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” campaign, local troopers cited three people for driving while impaired, two for other implied consent violations, three for drug violations, 53 for seatbelt violations, 12 for child restraint violations, 31 for equipment violations, 56 for driving license violations, 59 for registration violations and 337 for other violations, Leach said.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive campaign is a multi-agency initiative with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission and Alcohol Law Enforcement Division that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can travel on highway and waterways during summer months. State numbers for the citations during the campaign were 298 for driving while impaired, 24 for provisional license violations, 73 implied consent violations, 38 drug violations, 16 drug paraphernalia violations, 1,382 seatbelt violations, 204 child restraint violations, 649 equipment violations, 1,212 driver license violations, 1,105 registration violations and 3,730 other violations, according to a statement from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

During the local “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which went from the last weeks of August to Sept. 2, there were four DWI’s, 79 seatbelt violations, 11 child restraint violations, three drug violations, 301 speeding tickets, 34 cited for driving while license revoked, six uninsured motorists, 10 reckless driving, 161 other violations and two wanted people who were found and arrested, Leach said. The number of citations during Labor Day weekend is a little higher than normal for the holiday weekend but part of the reason for the increase could be because they had a larger number of people out patrolling the roads, Leach said.