On Monday, July 1, 2019 the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office assisted in hosting the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and agencies across North Carolina for the kick-off event “Operation Firecracker” Booze It & Lose It Campaign. The day started at 10:00 am with officers from across the state coming together to speak with the community about the dangers of impaired driving. Later that day, officers attended a safety event at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center where members of the public had the opportunity to meet officers and learn about traffic safety and the dangers of impaired
The day ended with a multi-agency checkpoint that took place on New Bern Hwy. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; Jacksonville, Holly Ridge, Richlands, Swansboro, North Topsail Beach and Wilmington Police Departments; Jones County and Pender County Sheriff’s Office along with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol provided officers for the checkpoint. The checkpoint resulted in 53 total charges including locating and arresting two wanted subjects. One subject was arrested for habitual impaired driving for driving while impaired and having three previous DWI convictions in the last ten years.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said on Tuesday afternoon, “Our goal is prevention, we want all citizens to use common sense and reach their destinations safely.”
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying its DWI Task Force in high crash and high DWI areas across the county. Community members should expect increased high visibility enforcement, DWI investigations, checkpoints, and saturation patrols throughout the week. Deputies will be increasing enforcement efforts to further the NC Vision Zero goal of zero roadway fatalities and decreasing the incidents of driving while impaired that have been plaguing Onslow County roadways.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller thanked Marine Corps Air Station at New River for hosting the kick-off event and states “This first checking station was a success.” He also thanked all participating agencies, indicating “cooperation among law enforcement agencies is instrumental in keeping our roadways safer.”