On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive campaign to begin

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will kick-off the annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference on May 14 at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman.

The multi-agency safety initiative works to reduce accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. Participating agencies will highlight the importance of having a designated driver, whether operating a vehicle or vessel.

An NC WRC photo The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will kick-off the annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference on May 14 at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman.

An NC WRC photo
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will kick-off the annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference on May 14 at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman.

Many roadway and waterway accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.

The campaign is coordinated by the Wildlife Commission, State Highway Patrol and Forensic Tests for Alcohol, and supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Governor’s Highway Safety Program, U.S. Coast Guard and local police and sheriff’s offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’ is a partnership, with the most important partner being safe drivers,” said Sgt. Allen Carlisle, a wildlife officer who patrols Lake Norman. “Think before you drink, and have a designated driver — car and boat — this summer.”

For more information on boating safety and regulations, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating or call 919-707-0031.

Filed in: Outdoors, Public safety

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