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NC On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive: A Lifesaving Campaign

Every year, lives are tragically cut short due to impaired driving. Whether on the road or on the water, alcohol and vehicles are a dangerous mix. Recognizing this, North Carolina has launched a critical campaign aimed at reducing these preventable deaths and injuries: “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive.”

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies. Its mission is straightforward yet profound: to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving and to enforce laws that keep roads and waterways safe.

A significant part of the campaign focuses on raising awareness about the risks and consequences of drinking and driving. This includes public service announcements, social media outreach, and educational programs. By spreading knowledge, the campaign aims to change behaviors and attitudes toward impaired driving.

During peak times, such as holidays and summer weekends, there is a heightened presence of law enforcement officers on both roads and waterways. Sobriety checkpoints and patrols are strategically placed to deter and catch impaired drivers. This visible enforcement helps reinforce the message that impaired driving will not be tolerated.

The campaign works closely with local communities to tailor strategies that meet specific needs and concerns. This includes partnering with local businesses, such as bars and restaurants, to promote safe practices and alternatives to driving after drinking.

Promoting alternative transportation options is another crucial aspect of the campaign. From encouraging the use of designated drivers and rideshare services to providing information on public transportation, the campaign ensures that there are viable options for those who have been drinking.

Since its inception, the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign has had a measurable impact on reducing impaired driving incidents in North Carolina. According to data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there has been a notable decrease in alcohol-related crashes and fatalities during campaign periods. This success underscores the importance of continued vigilance and community involvement in combating impaired driving.

Behind every statistic, there is a story. Families who have lost loved ones to impaired driving often become advocates for the campaign, sharing their personal experiences to highlight the devastating effects of these preventable tragedies. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of why this campaign is so essential.

Everyone has a role to play in making our roads and waterways safer.  Therefore, please be a responsible driver, and if you plan to drink, make arrangements for a sober ride home.

However, should you or someone you know receive a traffic ticket, get into a fender bender, serious accident, or receive a DUI/DWI, call us at 910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation.

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