‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are combining efforts to save lives this summer. Whether on the road or on the water, law enforcement officers will be on the look out for impaired drivers by conducting DWI checkpoints near recreational boating areas as well as educating motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving.
“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that combines law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highway and waterways during the summer months.
Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 270 fatal collisions and over 8,700 injury collisions over the summer — including 62 fatal collisions and 871 injuries due to impaired driving.
“Memorial Day is the beginning of the summer travel season across the state,” said Colonel Michael Gilchrist, State Highway Patrol Commander. “We are asking motorists to buckle up and be extremely careful. Troopers and other agencies will be aggressively cracking down on motorists who drink and drive.” The Memorial holiday officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina. This means more people will be on the highways.
Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” will be focused on three key travel holiday weekends; Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Troopers along with ALE and Wildlife Resource officers will be conducting various driving while impaired checkpoints near parks and water recreational areas.
For additional information, contact First Sergeant Jeff Gordon, Public Information Officer at (919) 733-5027.