Johnston County Criminal Defense Lawyer Reminds Drivers that Holidays Bring Increased Highway Patrols

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Michael J. Reece of Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, in Smithfield encourages responsible driving for safety’s sake and to avoid possibility of criminal penalties.

The holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, too often includes the unwanted gift of a traffic citation and the expense of criminal charges and insurance points.

Johnston County criminal defense lawyer Michael J. Reece today warned drivers to expect dedicated patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the rest of December, especially during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.

He encouraged all drivers to act responsibly and safely throughout the coming holidays.

“The holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, too often includes the unwanted gift of a traffic citation and the expense of criminal charges and insurance points,” said Reece, whose Johnston County traffic law and criminal defense law firm is Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, in Smithfield.

“At Reece & Reece, we wish everyone a happy, ticket-free holiday season.”

Reece said that beyond safety issues, drivers have an additional incentive to drive safely: The state Highway Patrol and local sheriff and police departments typically step up patrols during holiday periods.

Reece pointed out that one of the state’s major traffic safety programs, “Booze It and Lose It,” will include stepped-up patrols and checkpoints from December 3 to January 2.
The same program took place during Halloween, Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

The Governor's Highway Safety Program also uses a ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign that features unlimited daytime traffic safety checkpoints during holiday periods.

“Local law enforcement agencies may not publicize their special patrols as well as the state can, but they are out there, especially during the holidays,” Reece said.

“The state puts ‘Booze It and Lose It’ and ‘Click It or Ticket’ results online, and the statistics tell the tale,” he added. “Thousands of drivers are arrested statewide during these holiday road safety programs.”

News releases from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program this year alone show nearly 10,000 DWI arrests. According to the GHSP, law enforcement made:

  •     758 DWI arrests during the Halloween “Booze It Lose It” campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31, among a total of 20,786 traffic and criminal citations statewide.
  •     2,957 DWI arrests during the Labor Day “Booze It Lose It” campaign, which ran Aug. 19-Sept. 5, among a total of 96,827 traffic and criminal citations statewide.
  •     1,192 DWI arrests during the Independence Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran June 27-July 4, among a total of 42,997 traffic and criminal citations statewide.
  •     1,013 DWI arrests during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran March 11-17, among a total of 32,579 traffic and criminal citations statewide.
  •     3,873 DWI arrests during the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran Dec. 3, 2010-Jan. 2,2011, among a total of 140,830 traffic and criminal citations statewide.

In a May 23 to June 5, 2011, “Click It or Ticket” campaign, law enforcement officers cited drivers in Johnston County alone with 613 seatbelt violations and 27 DWIs among 1,195 total arrests or citations, state statistics show.

Reece said anyone arrested for DWI or another traffic violation needs to act quickly to engage legal help.

“A charge is not an automatic conviction,” said Reece, who has dedicated his entire legal career to defending residents of Smithfield, Benson, Clayton and elsewhere in Johnston County.

“There are extenuating circumstances in any case that can keep a suspect from being found guilty, and each one should be considered and explored on the defendant’s behalf.

“Particularly when facing a DWI charge, it is vitally important to go into court with a legal professional who can provide a proper drunk driving defense,” Reece continued.

“An experienced attorney can help a defendant avoid a conviction or mitigate the costly and damaging legal penalties that may be applied in the event of a guilty verdict.”

About Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law

Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, is a Johnston County criminal defense law firm that represents in-state and out-of-state clients throughout Johnston County and its surrounding areas, including Smithfield, Benson, Clayton, Archer Lodge, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma and Wilson's Mill. The firm’s practice areas include speeding, DWI / DUI, reckless driving, suspended license, minor traffic infractions, felony defense, misdemeanor defense, drug possession and probation violations. Reece & Reece has experience representing criminal defendants at both the trial and appellate court levels. To learn more, call (919) 300-1249 or use the firm’s online form.

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