Crime & Courts

More than 9,000 cited in N.C. police crackdown

North Carolina state troopers and wildlife officers report more than 9,000 citations were written and arrests made during the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” campaign during the Labor Day weekend.

The largest number of citations was written in the N.C. Highway Patrol district that includes Mecklenburg County.

Law enforcement officers on land and the water targeted drivers and boaters who had been drinking. According to statistics from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, authorities charged 325 motorists with DWI and 11 boaters with operating a watercraft while impaired.

There were 1,636 citations and arrests in the N.C. Highway Patrol’s District H, which includes Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Gaston, Union, Anson, Hoke and Moore counties. There were 46 DWI arrests in that district.

The largest number of DWI arrests, 78, came in District B, which covers the southeastern corner of North Carolina.

The crackdown began last Friday and continued through Monday.

Some of the totals, according to state officials:

District H – Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Gaston, Union, Anson, Hoke and Moore counties.

District F – Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

District E – Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.

DWI – District E, 23; District F, 21; District H, 46 (highest: 78, District B in southeast North Carolina).

Seatbelt violations – District E, 132; District F, 167; District H, 178 (highest: 359, District A in northeast North Carolina).

Total – District E, 659; District F, 1,460; District H, 1,636 (highest: District H).

On the water (not divided by areas) – Operating a watercraft while impaired, 11; boating citations, 184; boats checked, 453.