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DWI effort nets 2,821 in N.C.

A two-week campaign by the N.C. Highway Patrol and local police departments resulted in 2,821 DWI arrests in North Carolina, authorities said last week.

The “Booze it and Lose It” campaign ran from Aug. 15-Sept. 1 in all of North Carolina's 100 counties, and Mecklenburg County had the second-highest number of arrests for drunken driving. Mecklenburg, however, had less than half the arrests of the No. 1 county – Wake.

Lyndo Tippett, the state's transportation secretary, said police made 242 DWI arrests in Wake County and 108 in Mecklenburg. Third and fourth were major metropolitan counties – Guilford (105) and New Hanover (101).

In all, police issued more than 100,000 traffic and criminal citations during the effort. That included 26,911 for speeding, another 1,950 for drug charges, and more than 1,300 for child passenger seat safety violations.

Some totals from area counties:

Mecklenburg

Total violations: 2,807

Checkpoints: 7

DWI charges: 108

Driving with revoked license: 132

Driving without insurance: 54

Speeding: 876

Stolen vehicles recovered: 4

Fugitives arrested: 10

Alexander

Total violations: 259

Checkpoints: 11

DWI charges: 10

Driving with revoked license: 25

Driving without insurance: 7

Speeding: 85

Stolen vehicles recovered: 2

Fugitives arrested: 3

Anson

Total violations: 893

Checkpoints: 12

DWI charges: 22

Driving with revoked license: 35

Driving without insurance: 23

Speeding: 235

Stolen vehicles recovered: 1

Fugitives arrested: 4

Burke

Total violations: 816

Checkpoints: 18

DWI charges: 29

Driving with revoked license: 43

Driving without insurance: 18

Speeding: 235

Stolen vehicles recovered: 0

Fugitives arrested: 0

Cabarrus

Total violations: 893

Checkpoints: 8

DWI charges: 124

Driving with revoked license: 35

Driving without insurance: 39

Speeding: 501

Stolen vehicles recovered: 0

Fugitives arrested: 72

Caldwell

Total violations: 659

Checkpoints: 14

DWI charges: 49

Driving with revoked license: 50

Driving without insurance: 23

Speeding: 146

Stolen vehicles recovered: 1

Fugitives arrested: 0

Catawba

Total violations: 1,775

Checkpoints: 55

DWI charges: 168

Driving with revoked license: 99

Driving without insurance: 26

Speeding: 408

Stolen vehicles recovered: 4

Fugitives arrested: 17

Cleveland

Total violations: 841

Checkpoints: 24

DWI charges: 15

Driving with revoked license: 43

Driving without insurance: 5

Speeding: 352

Stolen vehicles recovered: 2

Fugitives arrested: 4

Gaston

Total violations: 2,072

Checkpoints: 20

DWI charges: 60

Driving with revoked license: 137

Driving without insurance: 40

Speeding: 620

Stolen vehicles recovered: 1

Fugitives arrested: 3

Iredell

Total violations: 2,329

Checkpoints: 76

DWI charges: 63

Driving with revoked license: 152

Driving without insurance: 47

Speeding: 152

Stolen vehicles recovered: 3

Fugitives arrested: 37

Lincoln

Total violations: 949

Checkpoints: 35

DWI charges: 140

Driving with revoked license: 58

Driving without insurance: 32

Speeding: 250

Stolen vehicles recovered: 6

Fugitives arrested: 7

Rowan

Total violations: 1,123

Checkpoints: 42

DWI charges: 34

Driving with revoked license: 84

Driving without insurance: 20

Speeding: 247

Stolen vehicles recovered: 3

Fugitives arrested: 7

Stanly

Total violations: 980

Checkpoints: 33

DWI charges: 25

Driving with revoked license: 47

Driving without insurance: 12

Speeding: 217

Stolen vehicles recovered: 0

Fugitives arrested: 0

Union

Total violations: 1,651

Checkpoints: 20

DWI charges: 50

Driving with revoked license: 70

Driving without insurance: 44

Speeding: 399

Stolen vehicles recovered: 0

Fugitives arrested: 0

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