North Carolina law enforcement is calling Operation Firecracker a success, reporting that 1,737 people were arrested and charged with drunk driving between June 28 and July 7 as part of the holiday crackdown on impaired driving. Just under one-third of the impaired driving arrests were made by seven statewide task forces, whose job is to take impaired drivers off North Carolina roadways.
This past Tuesday morning, a driver from Gastonia was arrested by local police and jailed on a $10,000 bond. He now faces charges as a result of impaired driving.The man's car had been stopped by an officer just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning this week. Officer F.D. Towle of the Gastonia police department requested the driver consent to an Intoxilyzer test after noticing an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath. Adding to suspicion was the fact that the officer found the driver to have an open container of alcohol with him inside the vehicle.North Carolina's open container laws state that it is unlawful to have an open container of any alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, even if the vehicle is not moving. An alcohol container is defined as an "open container" if the seal on the container has been compromised.