Wednesday, July 3, 2013 —
RALEIGH – The Highway Patrol along with the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are combing efforts in saving lives this summer. Whether on the road or on the water, law enforcement officers across the state will be on the lookout for impaired drivers by conducting DWI checkpoints near recreational boating areas as well as public service announcements that educate motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving.
“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highway and waterways during the summer months. The Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the upcoming summer months.
Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 278 fatal collisions and more than 8,500 injury collisions during the summer months. This included 88 fatal collisions and 913 injury collisions due to impaired driving.
Troopers along with other agencies will be aggressively cracking down on motorists who drink and drive. Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” campaign initially kicked off during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and was extremely successful.
“The Department of Public Safety is committed to protecting our state’s citizens and visitors, and that commitment is strengthened through this collaboration of law enforcement,” said Secretary Kieran Shanahan.
Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” is focused on three key summer 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.
The operation will begin on Thursday, July 4 and conclude at midnight on Sunday, July 7.
The next phase of the operation is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.