on Jul 11, 2013 11:04 AM • Views 3560

An operating while impaired charge requires an appearance before a judge, with penalties up to $1,000 and jail.

Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell

418 People Charged for Drinking and Driving over July 4th Holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the State Highway Patrol and the Alcohol Law Enforcement division, has released results of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the July 4 through July 7 holiday period.

Of the 418 people charged with drinking and driving over the July 4 holiday weekend, 50 were charged by Wildlife Enforcement Officers for operating a vessel while impaired. Summary information from the Wildlife Commission, State Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement follows:

Wildlife Resources Commission

· Operating While Impaired: 50

· Boating Citations: 451

· Boating Warnings: 850

State Highway Patrol

· Driving While Impaired: 368                                                 

· Seatbelt Violations: 1,518                                          

· Child Restraint Violations: 176         

· Total Violations: 9,239

Alcohol Law Enforcement

ALE officers made five arrests, including an Underage Possession of Alcohol charge and a Carrying a Concealed Weapon violation.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative designed to ensure that all motorists travel safely on highways and waterways during the summer. Campaign patrols focus on three key summer travel holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

The next phase of the campaign is scheduled for Labor Day.

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