Anyone planning to celebrate Memorial Day in North Carolina this weekend is advised to put a little extra thought into planning a sober ride. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are gearing up for a widespread crackdown on drunk driving over the holiday weekend.
This will be the fourth year of the annual statewide campaign known as "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive." Last year's campaign resulted in 310 alcohol-related arrests over Memorial Day weekend. Similar enforcement efforts are scheduled to take place other summer holidays in North Carolina, including Independence Day and Labor Day.
As the name of the campaign suggests, the crackdown is not limited to impaired car drivers; it also extends to impaired boaters. Although easily overlooked in the context of a fun day on the water, boating while impaired by alcohol is a criminal offense under North Carolina law, with potentially serious consequences for those who are arrested.
In addition to widespread DWI checkpoints on North Carolina's roads and highways, law enforcement officers will also be conducting sobriety checkpoints at a number of popular boating destinations. Drivers and boat operators who go through the checkpoints will be required to undergo alcohol testing, and can face criminal charges if they exceed the legal limit.
When stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, many people are tempted to try to explain themselves or talk their way out of the situation. Unfortunately, however, this can easily backfire and end up providing police with more evidence to use against them; it really is true that "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." Thus, it is often in a driver's best interest to remain silent and insist on legal representation.
Source: The News Observer, "NC authorities team up, prep for DWI checkpoints on land, water," Samantha Gilman, May 19, 2014