Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Boozy, but buckled up
The state’s “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is primarily aimed at getting drunken drivers off the road, and the traffic checks set up last weekend in Salisbury accomplished that. At least eight drivers with illegal blood-alcohol content were apprehended at a checkpoint on Jake Alexander Boulevard, which meant eight fewer potential disasters plying the roads on the post-July 4th weekend.
But what’s probably more sobering than the DWI arrests were the other citations issued. At least 44 drivers had expired inspection stickers, and 22 were driving without a valid license. That appears to confirm what a lot of drivers have long suspected. Our roads aren’t just more heavily traveled these days. Drivers are increasingly less prone to obey basic traffic laws.
If you’re looking for a bright side, only two drivers were cited for seatbelt violations. That means even a lot of miscreants who ignore other traffic laws believe in the value of buckling up. Or else there was a lot of frenzied clicking when motorists saw the flashing blue lights ahead.