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Law enforcement on the road, in the water for holiday

The North Carolina State 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 look out 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 and 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 Fourth of July holiday.
“The Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods during the summer months,” said Colonel Michael Gilchrist, State Highway Patrol commander. “We are asking all motorists to buckle up and be extremely careful when traveling to their various destinations. 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.
Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and 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 Friday, July 6, and conclude at midnight on Sunday, July 8. The next phase of the operation is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

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