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North Carolina cracking down on drunk boating

Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina are trying to prevent boating accidents caused by drunk drivers. Law enforcement officials are initiating the "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign again this year to crackdown on drunk drivers.

Police are asking the public to be aware of the dangers of drunk drivers on the road and on the water in North Carolina. They are urging the public to stay safe and report suspected drunk drivers in a car or boat to help keep everyone safe. Law enforcement will also be conducting sobriety checkpoints and increase their patrols this summer.

In addition to having drunk driving checkpoints on the road, law enforcement officers will also be performing pre-launch boat equipment checks to make sure no one is operating a boat if they are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Law enforcement officials in North Carolina are trying to prevent drunk driving and drunk boating accidents from happening this summer after statistics show that 28 boaters were killed last year and 80 more people were injured on the water. North Carolina ranks ninth for boating accidents in the country and seventh in boating deaths. This is a statistic that law enforcement and safety officials would like to change this summer through their campaign.

Under North Carolina law, it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood-alcohol content higher than .08 or if the driver appears impaired by alcohol or drugs. Boat operators who have a BAC level higher than .08 or appear to be intoxicated and unsafe to driver can be arrested for DUI or DWI.

It is important for boat operators and all individuals in North Carolina to be aware of the state's drunk driving laws and how they could face arrest depending on their ability to safely operate a boat or vehicle.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "Agencies announce effort to curb drunken driving, boating," Joe Marusak, May 15, 2013