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Updated: 5:21 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Posted: 11:36 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013
By Sarah Rosario
LAKE NORMAN, N.C. —
May is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With that in mind, state and local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drunk drivers, not just on the roads but also on the water. It's the time of year when many people want to be out on the water. "I'm on this lake and on this boat probably 200 days a year," said Ron Sholutz For Sholutz, most of that time starts now. But the good times on the boat can come with many dangers, especially when you add alcohol to the mix. "What it does is,it slows your reaction times on the water and that's very dangerous," said wildlife Officer Scott SticklandOn Wednesday, the state highway patrol, Wildlife resources commission and the alcohol law enforcement division are starting to new push to crack down on drunk drivers. It's called, "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive." Officers say they'll be out in force all summer long, but most especially on three major holidays Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day. Those caught drinking on the water will face charges similar to a DWI. "You will be tested and you can be possibly arrested if you are impaired and you will be taken to a magistrate's office where you'll be arraigned," said Stickland According to the Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina is ranked 7th nationally for fatal boating accidents and 9th for boating-related injuries. One in every four deaths are alcohol related. On the roads last summer, there were more than 8500 crashes, nearly 1,000 of which police say were caused by drunk drivers. Starting this weekend, officers will be doing DWI checkpoints on the roads and on the water.
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