DWI Checkpoint In Greensboro: Police Write The Ticket But Do Drivers Learn A Lesson?

1:15 AM, May 11, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- Five law enforcement agencies in Guilford County teamed up for a mass DWI checkpoint in Greensboro Friday, and officers say it was a busy night.

On Friday night, between 11pm and 3am, High Point Police, Greensboro Police, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, UNCG Police, and North Carolina Highway Patrol held a checkpoint on W. Wendover Ave. between Holden and Spring Garden.

Sgt. Kevin Wallace with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office says officers wrote 11 DWI citations, nine drug charges, and 107 traffic charges Friday.

Lt. Barry Roberts with High Point Police said depending on how many officers each of the five agencies sent, there could have been up to 50 officers on site.

The NC Highway Patrol brings the alcohol testing bus, a huge RV that allows officers to conduct breathalyzer tests and fill out paperwork. There's also a magistrate on site to handle bond information.

The agencies hold a minimum of 12 nighttime checkpoints a year, plus some seatbelt checkpoints, and daytime checkpoints. Individual departments also hold their own checkpoints.

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There's no better way to enforce the law than to have five agencies team up and check every driver coming through their checkpoint. But what happens after the officers write the ticket?

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford researched sentencing guidelines for DWI offenders.

The Alamance County District Attorney, Pat Nadolski explained that every case will be different based on grossly aggravating factors like if the driver had a prior conviction or had a child in the car.

There's also mitigating factors like safe and lawful driving or voluntary submission in recommended treatment.

Click here: Determination of Sentencing Factors

Based on these factors, an offender will be ranked either Level A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 with A1 being the highest offense and 5 being the lowest.

Here's a look at typical sentencing guidelines:

Level A1 12 months -36 months   Maximum Fine: $10,000
Level 1   30 days- 24 months        Maximum Fine: $4,000
Level 2    7 days- 12 months         Maximum Fine: $2,000
Level 3   72 hours- 6 months        Maximum Fine: $1,000
Level 4   48 hours- 120 days        Maximum Fine: $500
Level 5   24 hours- 60 days          Maximum Fine: $200

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