State agencies partnering to keep you safe this Labor Day


RALEIGH, N.C. — Agencies across North Carolina are teaming up to help keep you safe this Labor Day weekend.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold events and safety checkpoints throughout the state as part of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.

“Our continued partnership with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is essential to ensuring this Labor Day weekend is a celebration for all and not one that ends in tragedy,” said Col. Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Whether it is a Trooper on the roadways or a Wildlife Officer on the water, our combined lifesaving efforts through education and enforcement make a difference every day and this dedicated work is undoubtedly saving lives.”

The initiative’s goal is to reduce alcohol-related incidents on state roads and waterways. Officials say these incidents are more prevalent during the holidays.

“If your Labor Day weekend plans include drinking alcohol, it’s imperative to designate a sober driver whether you’re in a vehicle or on a boat,” said Lt. Forrest Orr of the Wildlife Commission. “A sober operator greatly improves your chances of a safe and incident-free experience on both the road and in the water.”

According to a release, in North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is substantially impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest.

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