Fourth of July drunk driving crackdown starts this weekend - WNCT

Fourth of July drunk driving crackdown starts this weekend

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

This weekend police are cracking down on drunk drivers. They're aggressively targeting areas where they say accidents are prone.

All over the country, people are taking a long vacation this weekend as July 4 approaches. That's why cops are ramping up their efforts to keep drunk drivers not only off the streets, but off the water.

In Jacksonville, police launched their "Booze It & Lose It" campaign.

Over the next couple days, they're expecting a lot more traffic, and therefore, more drunk drivers.

"Our goal is to prevent people from drinking and driving, but we know that's going to happen, so we get them for the road to get everyone home safely," said Sgt. Phillip Williams of the Jacksonville Police Department.

During last year's campaign, authorities across the state made nearly 2,000 DWI citations and investigated more than 300 alcohol-related crashes.

And officers say operating a boat while impaired is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

"We tend to see a lot more impairment as the summer progresses, so we're trying to make a stand now and get people educated to reduce the number of impaired boaters," said Brandon Lyon, wildlife officer.

Officers say for some people, it only takes one drink to get drunk, increasing the likelihood of boat collisions, running aground, or even hitting a swimmer.

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