Ashe County motorists were on their best behavior over the July 4th weekend.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol (N.C. SHP) along with the N.C. Division of Law Enforcement of the Wildlife Resources Commission released their totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the period of Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6.
“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that combines law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highways and waterways during the summer months.
During the Independence Day weekend, law enforcement officers across the state were on the lookout for impaired drivers. Numerous DWI checkpoints were conducted near recreational boating areas.
Ashe County is a part of N.C. SHP Troop F2, along with Alleghany and Wilkes Counties.
According to First SGT B.K. Sharpe, individual county statistics are not compiled.
The following are statistics for the three-county area from July 4-6:
• One citation was issued for DWI.
• No citations were issued for provisional license violations.
• Two citations were issued for implied consent violations.
• No citations were issued for drug and/or drug paraphernalia violations.
• Fifty-two citations were issued for seatbelt violations and seven citations were issued for child restraint violations.
• Thirty-one citations were issued for equipment violations.
• Forty citations were issued for driver license violations.
• Fifty citations were issued for registrations violations.
• One hundred and eight citations were issued for other/miscellaneous violations.
• Total violations: 285
• Driving While Impaired: 592
• Provisional License Violation: 31
• Other Implied Consent Violation: 141
• Drug Violations: 64
• Drug Paraphernalia: 29
• Seatbelt Violations: 1963
• Child Restraint Violations: 303
• Equipment Violations: 1136
• Driver License Violation: 1877
• Registration Violation: 2028
• Other Violations: 5827
• Total Violations: 13,991
While law enforcement officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission also took part in the joint effort, no areas along the New River saw heightened enforcement.
According to Joshua Hudson, law enforcement officer for Ashe County, most of the wildlife officers in the area worked the state’s largest lakes during the holiday.
The next and final phase of the operation is scheduled to take place over the Labor Day weekend.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.