Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina launched a Halloween Booze It and Lose It campaign Friday, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg police got a jump on the effort by making eight arrests late Thursday and early Friday at a DWI checkpoint in southeast Charlotte.
State officials say Halloween parties lead to a number of drunken-driving arrests and collisions, and they will be making an effort to prevent injuries and deaths.
“It is important for those who plan to drink to find a designated driver,” said Becky Wallace, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Patrol Program.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police will conduct checkpoints in coming days across the city. The overnight checkpoint was conducted from 11 p.m. Thursday until 3 a.m. Friday in the 4900 block of Providence Road. That is near Fairview Road.
Joining CMPD in the checkpoint were police from UNC Charlotte.
The arrests and citations:
DWI -- 8
Driving with license revoked -- 10
No driver’s license -- 8
Under-age consumption of alcohol -- 1
Other charges -- 26