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HAMLET — State troopers charged seven people with impaired driving in Richmond County over the Independence Day weekend and another seven people died in crashes on North Carolina highways.


Richmond and Scotland counties saw a combined 300 traffic violations between 6 p.m. Thursday and midnight on Sunday, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol district office in Hamlet. The patrol’s Booze It and Lose It: Operation Firecracker campaign put more troopers on the state’s roads and highways in search of drunken drivers.


Troopers filed seven driving while impaired charges in Richmond County and five in Scotland County, the Highway Patrol said. One person accused of DWI in Scotland was under 21.


“On Independence Day or any other day of the year, if you are driving after drinking, law enforcement will be working to keep you off the roads,” Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, said in a statement last week. “Driving after even one drink is risking your life and the lives of others. It’s simple — just don’t do it.”


The Highway Patrol wrote 61 citations for speeding, 22 for graduated driver license violations, 10 for driving while license revoked, six for uninsured motorists and three for reckless driving in Richmond County. Troopers also wrote 41 miscellaneous tickets for traffic infractions.


In Scotland County, troopers tallied 54 citations for speeding, 10 for driving while license revoked, three for uninsured motorists, one for reckless driving and made one felony arrest. The Highway Patrol also recorded 24 miscellaneous infractions.


Six driver license checkpoints were set up in Richmond and two in Scotland over the holiday weekend.


Statewide figures on DWI and traffic charges had not been compiled Tuesday, but the Highway Patrol said seven people were killed in wrecks on the state’s roads and highways.


Fatalities were reported 8.2 miles west of Lumberton on N.C. 41, 2 miles south of Madison on U.S. 220, 4.8 miles east of Bryson City on U.S. 74, 6.4 miles west of Bethel on Conetoe Road, 9.7 miles southwest of Yadkinville on U.S. 21, 16.5 miles north of Statesville on Taylor Springs Road and 7.2 miles south of Burlington on Friendship Rock Creek Road, according to the Highway Patrol.


Seven fewer people died in North Carolina crashes over the same time period last year. Troopers said 14 people were killed in highway wrecks during the four-day Fourth of July weekend in 2013.


Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670.

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