RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Program has launched its July Fourth effort to crack down on drunken driving.

The program's Booze It or Lose It: Operation Firecracker campaign got under way on Friday.

The program, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has provided grants to create DWI task forces in areas with the highest number of DWI-related deaths. There are currently seven DWI task forces across the state whose sole purpose is to get drunk drivers off the roads.

During last year's campaign, there were 1,937 DWI citations issued statewide and 361 alcohol-related crashes, which resulted in 17 fatalities.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department set up its first DWI Checking Station of the campaign at Park Road and Kenilworth Avenue Friday night. Between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., officers made 46 charges.

DWI Charges: 8

DWLR (suspended driver's license): 3

No Operator's License: 11

Warrants: 1

Open Container of Alcohol: 1

Other traffic charges (Tags, inspections, insurance, etc.): 21

Seatbelt violations: 2

The campaign runs through July 7.

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