LUMBERTON — The state Highway Patrol charged 20 people with driving while impaired during the New Year’s weekend in Robeson County.
According to 1st Sgt. Ardeen Hunt, two of those arrests were provisional, meaning the offender was under 21 years of age.
The Highway Patrol also responded to 27 crashes during the weekend, none of which were fatal, Hunt said.
“They include the first part of the week as well, but the majority of them were written on the weekend as a result of the checkpoints and the saturation patrols,” he said.
The patrol set up 12 checkpoints and five saturation patrols during the weekend. In addition to the DWI charges, the efforts garnered 135 speeding charges, 126 driver’s license violations, 46 seat belt violations and 21 reckless driving violations, among other charges.
“They’re about what we expected,” Hunt said. “The good news is that we did not have any fatalities as a result of the crashes.”
The last New Year’s weekend saw 21 DWI arrests and no fatal accidents, with 12 fatal accidents statewide. Statewde numbers for this year were not available.
For 2011, Robeson County had 1,368 DWI arrests, compared with 2010’s 1,358. Hunt called the inch upward “insignificant.”