North Carolina to ramp up DWI enforcement for holiday
The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the kick-off to the summer. This year, North Carolina State Police are marking the holiday weekend as the kick-off to a new campaign. State police and officers with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission will be taking to the roads across the state and the state’s waterways, especially along the coast to step up enforcement of North Carolina DWI laws.
The campaign, called “On the Road or On the Water” reportedly is the first joint effort between the state police and wildlife conservation officers seeking to jointly enforce DWI laws in the state. North Carolina alcohol enforcement agents reportedly will also join in the holiday weekend effort. The campaign is slated to run on each of the summer’s three major holidays.
It appears to be the first time the agencies have joined together in a single campaign to increase enforcement on land and water. The joint effort appears to be in recognition of the increased travel that occurs over the summer’s holiday periods. Craig Lloyd, director of MADD in North Carolina, says people who drink while boating eventually take their boats out of the water and drive home.
State trooper plan to set up sporadic sobriety checkpoints near various recreational areas across the state over the holiday weekend to enforce DWI laws. The legal limit in North Carolina for blood alcohol content is the same whether operating a vehicle on North Carolina roads or a boat on the state’s waters. The legal limit is .08.
Any experienced Greenville DWI defense attorney knows that a North Carolina DWI charge resulting in conviction can bring harsh penalties, including-but not limited to- fines, potential jail time and loss of license.
Source: Star News Online, “Agencies join effort to target driving or boating while intoxicated,” Brian Freskos 26 May 2011