N.C.’s DWI stats from Independence Day weekend

Credit: N.C. Highway Patrol
Credit: N.C. Highway Patrol

Credit: N.C. Highway Patrol

RALEIGH – The N.C. State Highway Patrol and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission teamed up this weekend for a statewide campaign aimed at cutting back on driving under the influence. The Highway Patrol is reporting that during the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” statewide campaign over the holiday weekend, troopers arrested 405 motorists accused of Driving While Impaired, down from 592 DWI arrests during the same weekend last year. The Highway Patrol also reported 10 traffic fatalities from July 2-5, 2015, up from seven fatalities last year.

Meanwhile on the water, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reports that 26 boaters were arrested for allegedly Operating While Impaired during the weekend. That’s down from 31 arrests during the same weekend last year.

Credit: NASBLA Boater takes a field sobriety test

Credit: NASBLA
Boater takes a field sobriety test

“The ‘On the Road, On the Water’ campaign continues to build public awareness of the dangers and drinking and getting behind the wheel, whether its a car or a boat,” said Geoff Cantrell, public affairs officer for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Wildlife Resources Commission also reported three fatalities in two different boating accidents on lakes in the Charlotte area. One of those involved an alleged impaired driver on Lake Norman. Statewide, WRC officers issued 206 citations after checking 634 boats.