RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign saw fewer alcohol-related boating arrests and accidents during Memorial Day weekend than the same holiday period last year.
The 2011 Memorial Day weekend saw 50 operating-while-impaired arrests, compared to 42 this Memorial Day weekend. Total boating violations also were down, 1,568 versus 1,176.
“That makes it a success,” said Wildlife Officer Kim Knight, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “When people hear the message and heed it, whether at the wheel of a car or at the helm of a boat, it keeps all of us safer when we travel.”
Any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest in North Carolina.
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