Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Office hosted a multi-agency checking station on North Carolina Hwy. 87 just east of Tobermory Road near the Bladen County/Cumberland County line on Friday, May 10 th , which resulted in multiple charges.
At the conclusion of the multi-agency checking station 62 traffic related charges and 13 criminal charges had been issued to include: 4 Driving While Impaired (DWI), 1 Open Alcoholic Container, 1 Child Safety Seat Violation, 23 Driving While License Revoked, 7 No Operator’s License, 16 Expired Registration, 5 Inspection Violations, 5 Other Motor-Vehicle Violations, 7 Misdemeanor Drug Charges, 5 Felony Drug Charges, and 1 Weapons Charge. Also, 2 individuals were arrested on outstanding warrants.
A total of 10 individuals were arrested and processed on site with the assistance of the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile unit which provides an on-site fully operational magistrates office.
“We are dedicated to the safety of everyone and everything within the borders of Bladen County,” the Sheriff noted.
Based on the crash data from 2013-17 Bladen County ranks 10 th out of the 100 Counties in North Carolina in overall crashes.
Bladen County ranked 47th in fatalities with an average of 11 people killed each year, 48% of those killed were not wearing safety restraints, placing Bladen County’s ranking at 29th for unrestrained fatalities.
Alcohol is involved in 26.1% of all fatal crashes and 8% of total crash injuries.
Bladen County averages 878 crashes each year and 55.5% of those crashes involve injuries. Young drivers are involved in 14.2% of crashes with 7 young drivers killed between 2013-17 ranking Bladen County 40th in young driver fatalities.
“This multi-agency checking station consisted of over 30 officers and 14 agencies to include: the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office,
Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Bladenboro Police Department, White Lake Police Department, Lumberton Police Department, Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Magistrates Office, and North Carolina Division of Public Health,” said Sheriff McVicker
“I am very proud of the cooperation from not only the agencies in our county but from surrounding counties and agencies, said Sheriff McVicker. “The help of all these agencies made this operation a success and made our highways safer for others to travel. We plan to hold more of these and we will be going to other counties to help them with their efforts.”