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‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’ Campaign To Begin This Week

  • 25 May 2017
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RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the seventh annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference today at Upper Barton Creek on Falls Lake.

The multi-agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. According to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Carolina ranks 10th nationally in boating fatalities.

“No person should have to suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of impaired driving,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “Every alcohol-related death on our roadways and waterways is preventable. Whether on the road or on the water, if alcohol is going to be a part of your plans, have a designated driver.”

Starting this weekend, enforcement officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and promoting public awareness to deter impaired operation of vehicles and vessels. Awareness and enforcement efforts are centered on four of the busiest summer weekends, including:

May 27–29, 2017
June 30–July 2, 2017 (Operation Dry Water)
July 7–9, 2017
Sept. 2–4, 2017

In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is substantially impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.

The campaign is coordinated by the Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Forensic Tests for Alcohol, and supported by local police and sheriff’s offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For more information on boating safety and regulations, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating or call 919-707-0031.

Media Contact:

Ryan Kennemur
919-707-0186
ryan.kennemur@ncwildlife.org

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