Highway Patrol plans DWI checkpoints near boating areas

May. 13, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Durham motorists are being forewarned that the N.C. State Highway Patrol plans to step up enforcement of driving-while-impaired laws during the Memorial Day weekend.
Troopers will set up DWI checkpoints with a focus on boating areas near Jordan and Falls lakes, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, the patrol’s public information officer. That will include the Farrington Point boat access area on Farrington Point Road, between U.S. 15-501 and U.S. 64 in Chatham County, he said.
The operation is part of a statewide effort called “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive.”
The Highway Patrol, along with the state Wildlife Resources Commission and Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, are combining efforts to ensure that all drivers can safely travel on highways and waterways during the summer.
The operation is focused on three summer travel holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Troopers, along with ALE and wildlife resource officers, will conduct DWI checkpoints near parks and water recreational areas throughout the state. The campaign dates are May 24-26, July 4-7 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Last year, the N.C. Highway Patrol investigated 278 fatal collisions and more than 8,500 collisions with injuries during the summer. That included 88 fatal crashes and 913 injury collisions due to impaired driving, the patrol said in a release.
“May is one of the busiest travel periods of the year,” Col. Bill Grey, commander of the Highway Patrol, said. “We are asking all motorists to buckle up and be extremely careful when traveling to their various destinations. Troopers, along with other agencies, will be aggressively cracking down on motorists who drink and drive.”