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ALE agents and Greenville Police cite 73 for Halloween alcohol offenses

Agents with the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement teamed up with Greenville Police over Halloween. A sergeant with Greenville Police told The East Carolinian at ECU that Halloween night went better this year than it has in recent years. He says that with Halloween falling in the middle of the week, less people were downtown on the annual night for costumes and parties.

The police sergeant says that the numbers were down this year in Downtown Greenville, North Carolina. Nonetheless, agents and officers dished out more than 70 citations for alcohol-related offenses. Authorities released the Halloween totals this week. More than 100 people were charged with some sort of offense, with 73 cases involving allegations of alcohol offenses.

Leading the way were citations for underage possession of alcohol, which numbered 40. Twenty two people were charged for underage consumption and 11 people were charged with open container violations.

The Greenville Police sergeant says that many students found other things to do than drink alcohol this year. However, added security measures were put in place for the downtown area. Officers blocked off the area with barricades and officers were on patrol. A security checkpoint was also set up for the area.

State officials also released information about the statewide Booze It and Lose It" increased drunk driving campaign that ran from October 26 through Halloween. Statewide, law enforcement agencies arrested 729 drivers on suspicion of driving while impaired in North Carolina.

Pitt county agencies conducted 33 saturation patrols and set up 12 DWI checkpoints in conjunction with the campaign. Pitt County law enforcement agencies charged 14 drivers over the age of 21 with DWI and 17 people were charged with underage DUI in the campaign.

Source: The East Carolinian, "Citation numbers released for Halloween '12," Melanie Jock, Nov. 8, 2012.

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