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by Jonathan McNamara
YOUNGSVILLE — Four law enforcement agencies netted 41 citations during a traffic checkpoint Aug 24-25.
Youngsville and Franklinton Police departments joined the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles for the states Booze It and Lose It campaign, sponsored by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
Officials took to U.S. 1 South, near the intersection of N.C. 96 between the hours of 10:45 and 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Banding together to help keep impaired drivers off the roads also allows for local law enforcement to be out in the publics eye showing their dedication in helping to keep roads safe for residents.
The police made several arrests, ranging from driving while impaired to drugs charges and for outstanding warrants.
Drivers with a suspended license or no license were plentiful as the night progressed, with a total of 16 citations given for these charges.
“All in all this was a successful night,” said Cpl. J. Kimball of the Youngsville Police Department.
In 2012, there were nearly 11,000 alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina. About 56 percent of them involved drivers 18-34 years old, according to NCDMV.
Large scale checkpoints are done at least twice a year according to Kimball.
Smaller checkpoints are set up as a regular defense against illegal activity such as driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and for apprehending people with outstanding warrants.
To learn more about the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety program see www.ncdot.gov/programs/ghsp.