Increased patrolling by State Highway Patrol and Wildlife during Independence Day Holiday

Officer Bryan Scruggs on patrol on Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

shpRALEIGH – The North Carolina Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are placing a special emphasis on driving while impaired infractions during the July 4th weekend.  Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive,” is a multi-agency initiative combining law enforcement resources from the highway patrol and Wildlife on the highways and waterways during the summer months.  The operation will begin on Friday, July 3rd and conclude at midnight on Sunday, July 5th. The next and final phase of the operation is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

“Throughout the Independence Day weekend, the Highway Patrol will be working to insure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.” said Col. Bill Grey, Highway Patrol Commander. “We continually work to educate the public about the hazards of impaired driving; unfortunately, some people will still choose to get behind the wheel while impaired.”

Officer Bryan Scruggs on patrol on Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

Officer Bryan Scruggs on patrol on Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

Impaired driving is also a focus on the state’s waterways as the Wildlife Resources Commission focuses its efforts over the holiday on boating safety.

“Operating a car or boat while impaired increases your chances of being involved and possibly injured in an accident,” said Lt. Sam Craft with the Wildlife Commission. “If alcohol is part of your holiday celebration, think before you drink. Have a designated driver. If you are charged with operating a boat while impaired, you will have to appear before a judge. Penalties include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.”