63 DUI arrests in Forsyth County over July 4 holiday

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Drinking and Driving (Stock photo)

Drinking and Driving (Stock photo)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal) — In Forsyth County over the July 4 holiday, there were 55 checkpoints and saturation patrols that netted 63 arrests for drunk driving, 218 fugitive arrests, and nine stolen cars recovered, authorities announced. There were a total of 3,336 violations.

Throughout the state during Operation Firecracker, there were more than 7,682 checkpoints and saturation patrols and more than 56,000 citations and arrests for traffic and criminal offenses. Operation Firecracker is a statewide crackdown on drunk driving during the July 4 weekend. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has provided grants to start DWI task forces. There are currently seven task forces throughout the state.

In Davidson County, there were 28 checkpoints and saturation patrols. There were 64 arrests for drunk driving and 614 total violations.

Alleghany County has the fewest violations with 51; Ashe County had 61 total violations, Davie County had 304 total violations, Stokes County had 245 total violations, Surry County had 658 total violations, Watauga County had 299 total violations, Wilkes County had 582 total violations and Yadkin County had 269 total violations.