Task force nets over 600 drunk drivers this year in Guilford Co.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Increased DWI enforcement in Guilford County has resulted in more than 600 drunk driving citations since the start of 2013.

Those citations are a result of a DWI Task Force formed in 2012 under the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Guilford County sheriff’s deputies say the county ranks 3rd in the state for DWI-related deaths, which made it an ideal location for the extra enforcement efforts.

The four-year safety program is funded by a $765,000 federal grant that’s allowed the task force to buy new patrol cars and new technology like body cameras and in-car camera systems.

The task force consists of seven officers from Greensboro, High Point and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

Since Jan. 1, 610 drivers have been cited for DWI through emphasis of checkpoints, patrols and safety campaigns. That number is in addition to any DWI citations made by individual local enforcement departments in Guilford County, according to deputies.

Under the program, nearly 4,000 other arrests and citations have been issued since the start of the year for violations like speeding, drugs and driving without a seatbelt.

Those include:

  • Speeding: 433
  • Seatbelt: 687
  • Child restraints: 47
  • Driving while license revoked: 416
  • No driver's license: 249
  • Drug related: 108 ($20,007 in drug money seized)
  • Fugitive arrests: 37
  • Gun seizures: 18

Enforcement efforts by the DWI Task Force led to the seizure of 46 cars from repeat drunk drivers. Those cars were then sold by the state for nearly $218,000 -- money that has been put back into state education, according to deputies.

Deputies expect the number of DWI citations to nearly double by the end of the year under the program.