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Be Responsible, On the Road or On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2011) – A multi-agency initiative in North Carolina, designed to combine law enforcement resources for highway and waterway safety during the summer months, is being termed a qualified success following the July 4th holiday.
“The message of ‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’ is being heard and heeded,” said Maj. Jack Staley, supervisor for field operations with the division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “There is still much to be done to reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, obviously, but this campaign is gaining recognition and that is a good influence.”
The campaign is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement, joined by local police and sheriff’s departments and supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“Holidays are a peak time for travel and boating activity across the state,” Maj. Staley said. “We want folks to have fun and enjoy themselves. That means they have to be responsible, especially when alcohol is involved.”
Drivers and boat operators can be charged if their blood alcohol concentration meets or exceeds .08 or they are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The legal drinking age is 21 and North Carolina has a zero tolerance for underage use of alcoholic beverages.
For more information on safe recreational boating in North Carolina, call 919-707-0031 or go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating_Waterways/index.htm.