Wilson traffic checkpoint leads to 70 charges

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Law enforcement agencies netted nearly 70 charges during the Fourth of July Booze It and Lose It campaign.

The Wilson Police Department hosted the multi-agency traffic checkpoint Friday night in the 700 block of Tarboro Street at Park Avenue.

Wilson police reported a total of 50 traffic violations that included 15 driving while license revoked, 17 no operator’s license, four open container violations,11 registration violations and three other traffic violations. Officials cited one person who was over the age of 21 with a driving while impaired charge.

Police said one misdemeanor and one felony drug charge were also issued as well as two other misdemeanor charges and four other felony charges.

There were eight total seat belt charges, six of which were child restraint violations.

Nearly two dozen officers with the department’s Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol team were on duty.

“As we all know, several families every year throughout our state suffer from an unnecessary loss due to impaired drivers,” said Wilson Police Sgt. Benny Boykin, who oversees the department’s STEP team. “Members of the Wilson Police Department and the other agencies participating in this event hope to do a part in helping to prevent one more unnecessary injury or death by removing impaired drivers from the roadways in the city of Wilson and Wilson County.”

Other agencies that assisted during the operation included the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol, the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and N.C. Forensic Test for Alcohol Branch.

The statewide initiative aimed to prevent alcohol-related crashes by targeting impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Checkpoints occurred in all 100 counties as a part of the statewide effort.