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NC agencies to launch summer lifesaving campaign

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Three North Carolina agencies are joining together in a campaign to keep people safe this summer.

The Highway Patrol, the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are announcing an effort on Monday that will focus on roadways and the water. The event is being held at the Upper Barton Creek boat access on Falls Lake in north Raleigh.

Law enforcement officers will be watching for impaired drivers by conducting checkpoints near recreational boating areas as well as making public service announcements that educate motorists on the dangers of driving while impaired.

Patrol Commander Col. Bill Grey says May is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, so motorists are being asked to buckle up, drive carefully and remain vigilant while traveling.

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While I certainly appreciate

While I certainly appreciate the efforts of all concerned, the dangers of drinking and driving have ben preached for years with little result. This behavior will only stop when laws with serious consequences are passed......long jail time, vehicle confiscation, stiff fines and such, and the courts are required to administer such punishment. Unfortunately, as we all should know, repeat offenders generate a lot of revenue for the state and local governments, not to mention recurring attorney fees every time a criminal is caught. Maybe someday the focus will truly be on public safety instead of the almighty dollar.

I agree

I agree the point of this operation is to generate money for the state and county. If we were really concerned about the citizens well being why wouldn't we just make booze and tobacco illegal being they kill so many people nationwide. Why are we not treating these like other illegal drugs? Pot kills no one but its illegal. lets do the same for booze and tobacco. Lets get the partnership for a drug free America(tobacco and alcohol companies)out of the pockets of our politicians.

serious consequences

NC has about 20 people killed a year in boating accident, 50 years ago it was about 10 people a year and nearly everyone boating was drinking then. If they want to mess with people they ought to get back in town where all the poverty and crime iz. lol jerks...come on out to Masonboro and we give u the finger...lol

Really?

Is this your response? "Come on out to Masonboro and we give u (sic) the finger?

That is exactly why we have this ever-growing problem with alcohol and drug-abuse putting everyone at risk.

While I agree with the comment we need more serious consequences, the fact is laws do very little to fix things. The REAL solution is to stop raising children in a world of arrogance and teach them a respect for life and self-reliance. As long as everyone from the entertainment industry to the POTUS make fun and laugh at alcohol and drug use, this will be the result.

So I ask you, Mr "Give U The Finger," How does that response contribute to fixing a serious problem? Is that the type of response you want your children to learn?

no big problems on the water, good sailor can handle it all

They lie when they say there is a serious problem on the water. Any time you go swimming or go out on a boat, your life is in danger, it has not changed. Statistics do not back up the claim that there is a problem on the water.
Now the highways are another matter. where speeding, following too close, aggressive and reckless driving are not enforced nearly enough, and these are the acts that cause most accidents.
So they get the finger when they waste resources messing with boaters, while neglecting the highways where all the death is...or we would be better served if they acted as lifeguards on the beach, statistics say...
Yea, children need to learn to recognize BS when they see it...I am way too late to teach them how to give the finger, they already know all that stuff, lol