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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, December 01, 1994, Page PAGE 3-A, Image 3

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STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER CALLING DRIVERS' ATTENTION to a new statewide effort to get drunk drivers off North Carolina highways are (from left) Holden Beach Police Chief Robert Cook, Tim Phillips of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, Ocean Isle Beach Patrolman E.F. Lammonds, Shallotte Patrolman IV. T. Smead and Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause. CHECKPOINTS TO BE SET UP AT RANDOM Local, State Law Enforcers Mount 'Booze It & Lose If DWI Campaign BY Sl'SAN L'SHKR South Brunswick Islands law en forcement agencics are working with their counterparts at the state and county level for "Booze It & Ixisc It." a statewide campaign to get drunk drivers off North Carolina highways Each of the four South Brunswick municipalics with a police force of its own (Shallotte, Occan Isle Beach. Sunset Beach. Holden Beach) will work on its own and with other agencics, said Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Cause at a kick-off promotion last week "The State Highway Patrol and county personnel w ill be coroiu^ in to the towns to help." he said. "We'll be conducting roving patrols, setting up checkpoints and we're already running radar. "We're going to be working in town and out on the bypass, week days and weekends, at ail hours and on an irregular schedule." One checkpoint was set up in Brunswick County during the first week of the program. Nov. 14-20, resulting in six DWI charges and 10 day administrative license revoca tions. Officers also issued citations for 108 other violations, including 66 speeding, eight scat belt, two dri ving with license revoked, eight dri ving with no operator's license, and 32 unspecified violations. Local DWI detection efforts are getting a boost from new technolo gy. Shallotte Police Department has received a passive-active alcohol sensor from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance Co. While sensor data cannot be admitted as evidence in court, it can be used to develop probable cause for an arrest. If a driver is stopped for speed ing, for example, officers can also check for the presence of alcohol. In passive mode, said Ted Phillips of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, the small, hand-held PBA 3(MK) sensor can detect the presence of alcohol in a vehicle that officers normally might not suspect, allow ing the officer to move to the next step. Switched to active mode the sen sor works as a portable breathalyzer, helping determine which drivers should be formally taken in and test ed for blood alcohol concentration. In North Carolina, drunk drivers lose their license on the spot. A dri ver is considered guilty of driving while impaired if blood alcohol con centration meets or exceeds .08 when tested, or if a driver is under the infucnce of or affected by alco hol of other drugs. "Booze It & Lose It" uses the same format as the successful "Click It or Ticket" scat belt program earli er this year ? periodic, intensive law enforcement and extensive public education. According to Col. R A. Barefoot of the N C. Highway Patrol, high visibility enforcement has shown to be the best method of convincing people not to drink and drive. "Research shows that appeals to do what's right don't work for people who drink and drive," he said. "What deters them is the risk of get ting caught and losing their license." A driver convicted of DWI stands to pay a higher cost than simply loss of a North Carolina driver's license. N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long said a DWI conviction can cost a driver as much as $6, (XX) for a first offense, with insurance rates alone jumping at 4()0 percent. A first conviction results in li cense revocation for one year and. at minimum, a fine of up to S100 and not less than 24 hours imprisonment, 24 hours community service, or 30 days without a limited driving privi lege, or combination. The maximum punishment can be a fine of up to $2,(MX), and not less than 14 days or more than 24 months' imprisonment. North Carolina already has the third highest DWI arrest rate in the nation per licensed driver. Last year its officers arrested 7^.867 people for DWI. According to the N.C. Depart ment of Transportation Traffic Engi neering Branch, drunk drivers also cost all North Carolians ? nearly Si billion in health care, insurance and CALL US FOR INSURANCE QUOTES: 1-800-424-0115 ? Home ? Auto ? Commercial ? Mobile Home ? 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