WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While celebrating the red, white and blue, watch out for blue lights.
This holiday weekend, both on the road and on the water, law enforcement officers will increase patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
Law enforcement officers say you need to designate a sober driver while on a boat or in a car, according to news releases from both the N.C. Highway Patrol and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
“Designating a driver is always a good idea whether you’re operating a car or a vessel,” said Lt. Sam Craft with the Wildlife Commission. “Just like a vehicle, you can be charged with operating a boat while impaired. The penalties include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time, so it pays to be safe.”
Last year, the highway patrol said it investigated 12 deadly accidents during the Fourth of July weekend, four involved drunk drivers.