‘Eat, Don’t Drink and Be Merry;’ Pitt Co. cracks down on DWIs

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County District Attorney’s Office is cracking down on DWI offenses with a new campaign they call “Eat, Don’t Drink and Be Merry.”

“If you drink and drive in Pitt County, there will be consequences,” said Phil Entzminger, assistant district attorney.

In the previous year, the DA’s office had a 66 percent conviction rate, up three percent from 2014 to 2015.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has also stepped up its efforts to combat drunk driving, thanks to a grant that lets them test blood alcohol levels in-house.

“The opening of this lab has helped expedite the process of analyzing blood samples,” said Rachel Janson, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office chemist.

They can get results in a matter of weeks, as opposed to waiting almost a year when the samples were sent to Raleigh.

Faster results and a quick court process means safer streets for Pitt County residents.

“You’re going to have more peace of mind when you’re driving to go to the shopping mall (or) when you’re driving to go out to eat,” Entzminger said.

Entzminger said it’s pretty simple to avoid a DWI.

“If you’ve got to drink this holiday season, please, don’t drive,” Entzminger said.

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