Police ramp up efforts to catch drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police will be out in full force trying to get drunk drivers off the roads New Year's Eve.

"If you're impaired, you're going to be going to jail tonight," said Officer Steve Brown.

Brown says it's his life mission to get impaired drivers off city streets. He's an expert when it comes to picking out drivers who look like they've had one too many and knows what signs to look for.

"Are they crossing left of center," Brown asked. "Are they having braking problems? Are they stopping way back further then they should or past where they should?"

Brown is one of several officers on Guilford County's DWI Task Force, a unit that has made nearly 1,000 arrests for impaired driving this year. A number they expect to grow as New Year's celebrations kick off.

"They go out with the holiday spirit, they drink," Brown said. "They get in the car and think they're OK to drive home and unfortunately, they're not."

Brown won this year's award for Drug Recognition Expert.

"Impaired driving enforcement is my passion," Brown said.

A passion fueled after losing both parents in a car accident with an impaired driver in 2001. It's a loss he doesn't want another family to go through and tries to prevent, one traffic stop at a time.

"It's a completely senseless and preventable crime," he said.

5 comments

  • FaithC

    I have had many New Years Eve parties at my home and I let people know you will give me your keys and you will not get them back if you drink. I will call you a cab or you are welcome to stay the night, but I will not allow anyone to leave one of my parties drunk and behind the wheel of a car.

  • Cripes A Mighty

    To be honest, it is not rocket science being able to observe someone driving under the influence. While I’m glad he has made many arrests for DWI, it is also not difficult to sit outside of bars and wait for drivers to leave and pull them over, so your DWI arrest record increases. I also think that DWI checkpoints should never be announced and they should be held year around instead of only at holidays.

    I can’t understand for the life of me why I see so few cops, if any, patrol the streets and pull people over for aggressive driving, running red lights, tailgating, driving while using the phone, and every other driving infraction there is. Fact is, they are one trick ponies who are unable to do more than one thing at a time.

  • Billy

    If it were up to me I’d use every resource to go out and bust heads with all of the violent crime we’re seeing.

  • B

    Driving impaired is a violent crime. It results in the loss of life. Billy Smart needs to re-think on his statment. Cripes A , you need to re-think on your statement also. Do you realize how many violations occurr at just one stop light and on every road and compare that with the number of police available working traffic.Just do your part and keep the roads safe.

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