Driving While Impaired (DWI) Task Force
The Driving While Impaired (DWI) Task Force is a multi-agency squad which includes Winston-Salem Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and Kernersville Police Department. The unit was formed in 2010, fully funded by a grant from the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program. This was the first formed unit in the state.
The primary responsibilities of this unit include patrolling and enforcing traffic laws city/countywide while searching for DWI violators. The unit conducts DWI and License Checkpoints in addition to Nighttime Seatbelt Initiatives and participates in all North Carolina Department of Transportation Governor's Highway Safety Program sponsored events/campaigns, such as "Booze It or Lose It," "No Need to Speed," "Click It or Ticket," etc. The unit also instructs the IMPACT (Consequences of DWI) Program for all Winston-Salem Forsyth County Drivers Education students.
During its first 5 years, from October 2010 to October 2015, the unit produced:
- 3161 DWI charges
- 8051 other traffic and criminal charges
- 284 vehicle seizures related to DWI charges
- 33 firearms seized
- 2100+ grams of narcotics seized with a street value of $35,300.00
The unit also taught 284 IMPACT classes to 9,103 high school students.