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North Carolina authorities plan DUI/DWI checkpoints for holidays

Several North Carolina agencies are banding together this summer in an attempt to keep drunk drivers off the roads and off the waterways, especially during holidays like this weekend's Memorial Day. This year marks the fourth consecutive time authorities are holding the campaign titled "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive." Participating agencies include the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Alcohol Law Enforcement division and the Wildlife Resources Commission.

The three agencies held a press event on Monday, where they displayed one of the buses that authorities will use at designated checkpoints. Embellished with the slogans "Don't Drink and Drive" and "Booze It and Lose It," the bus contains enough space to hold a bathroom, forensic workstations for field sobriety tests and workspace for police officers and a magistrate.

Each agency participating in the crackdown focuses on specific areas of enforcing alcohol laws: the Highway Patrol covers roadways, Alcohol Law Enforcement covers underage drinking, and the Wildlife Resources Commission covers waterways. Designated checkpoints include stations at Falls Lake's Upper Barton Creek and Jordan Lake's Farrington Point.

All drivers who pass through the checkpoints will receive breath alcohol field tests. Authorities plan to put checkpoints into place over the summer for holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. On last year's Memorial Day, North Carolina law enforcement reported 9,484 alcohol-related violations, the lowest figure in three years.

Despite these measures, some drivers will probably consume more alcohol than they intended or even realized. While the goal for everyone in North Carolina is to eliminate drunk driving, those who do receive DUI/DWI charges will need capable legal representation to receive the best possible outcome. Fortunately, North Carolina offers many talented attorneys skilled at aggressively defending people facing DUI/DWI charges.

Source:  newsobserver.com, "NC authorities team up, prep for DWI checkpoints on land, water" Samantha Gilman, May. 19, 2014

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