Local motorists continue to drink and drive, in spite of recent deaths at the hands of drunk drivers. During a brief 4 hour check point Sunday night on South Boulevard near Westinghouse Boulevard, police arrested 11 people for Driving While Impaired, 8 for driving with a revoked license, 53 for driving with no license, and 1 for marijuana possession. Similarly, a brief check point held Saturday night at West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Old Statesville Road resulted in 10 arrests for Driving While Impaired.
Recent, highly publicized deaths involving drunk driving, do not seem to be a deterrent to the Charlotte motorists who continue to drink and drive. In July, we saw the tragic death of Charlotte teen, Laura Fortenberry. The minor was killed by Howard Pasour, who had 2 prior DWI comvictions, and open containers of alcohol in his vehicle when he killed Fortenberry. October saw the death of family man Daniel Herring, killed by Kevin O’Hagan who had 6 prior DWI convictions. And just 3 days ago, Gaston County’s Christopher Todd Pruitt, a 5 time DWI convict, was again arrested for DWI. Fortunately for the driving public, he didn’t have to kill anyone to get arrested.
We have previously reported that in North Carolina Department of Transportation’s 2 weeks “Booze It & Lose It” program, police arrested almost 3,300 drivers statewide for Driving While Impaired. Obviously, police are doing their job. So, why do North Carolinians continue to ignore drinking and driving laws?