RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will kick-off “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive,” a multi-agency safety initiative aimed at summer holiday travel, with a news conference on May 19 at Upper Barton Creek Boating Access Area on Falls Lake.
The campaign will work to reduce accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, which see increased traffic during summer months. Many accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.
Participating agencies will highlight the importance of having a designated driver, whether operating a vehicle or vessel. Law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and increase patrols during busy summer holiday weekends.
The campaign is supported and coordinated by the Wildlife Commission, State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Forensic Tests for Alcohol, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Governor’s Highway Safety Program, U.S. Coast Guard and local police and sheriff’s offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“The annual ‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign has gained momentum each year, with more recognition and new partnerships,” said Sgt. Allen Carlisle, a Commission wildlife officer who is area supervisor for Catawba, Lincoln and Gaston counties.
“But the most important partner remains a safe and responsible public.”
For more information on boating safety and regulations, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating or call 919-707-0031.