LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- For the third-straight year, the State Highway Patrol and the Wildlife Resources Commission are coming together with the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division to help keep drunk and impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.
The campaign is called "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive". Agencies are combining forces to saturate the highways and Interstates with troopers and area lakes and other waterways with Wildlife Commission officers.
"Alcohol or drugs-- they definitely slow your reaction," said Wildlife officer Scott Strickland, "We want to strive for safe and responsible boating."
While officers will be out throughout the summer, there will be an even greater presence during the three busiest summer weekends; Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
"We will have saturation patrols; [we’ll] have a lot of officers in these areas around boating and recreational areas." said Strickland.
On the water, Wildlife Officers will stop boaters for safety checks to make sure they have proper boat documentation, enough safety vests and most importantly, to see if there is any drinking going on and ensuring boaters are not impaired.
If there has been drinking on board, officers will also ask if boaters have a designated driver.
The campaign also includes conducting DWI checkpoints near recreational boating areas as well as public service announcements that educate motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving.