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Don’t drink and boat: State campaign starts this weekend

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission and its partners will make a final push for this year’s “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive campaign over Labor Day weekend.

The annual multi-agency initiative works to ensure than North Carolinians can travel safely on the road and on the water during summer holidays. Law enforcement officers aim to help discourage impaired operation of vehicles and vessels throughout the holiday weekend. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest.

“If you do decide to drink alcohol, be sure to designate a driver whether you’re behind the wheel or on a vessel,” said Lt. Sam Craft with the commission. “It’s an easy thing to do to help you return home safely after enjoying the holiday weekend.”

The commission reminds all boaters to put on a life jacket before entering a vessel. Wearing a life jacket is a simple safety precaution that can prevent tragedy from happening in the event of an accident. For more information on life jacket safety, visit the commission’s new Preserve Your Life webpage.

Night boating typically increases during holiday weekends, which requires boaters to use caution and to be on high alert due to reduced visibility. Inland lighting rules are in effect and water skiing is prohibited between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. Personal watercraft are prohibited on state waters between sunset and sunrise.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is coordinated by the commission and the State Highway Patrol, and supported by local police and sheriff’s offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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