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Officers Patrol Waters for Drunken Boaters

Posted July 4, 2007
Updated July 5, 2007

— About 20 law-enforcement officers patrolled the waters of Falls Lake on Wednesday in an effort to keep people safe for the Independence Day holiday.

"While we certainly do not want to interfere with anyone's Fourth of July fun, we do want to ensure that the people enjoying the lake will be safe from drivers and boaters who are impaired," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Tuesday.

Wake County Sheriff's deputies and North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement officers were on alert for people operating watercraft while impaired as well as other watercraft violations and underage drinkers.

"Three beers might impair one person on land," N.C. Wildlife officer Brent Ward said. "Just one on water with the wave action and the sun beating on you – it can jump on you quick."

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, July 4 is the busiest day of the year on the water in North Carolina.

In 2005, there were 164 boating accidents in the state. Of those, 16 were fatal, and alcohol played a role in about 20 percent of those accidents.

The legal blood-alcohol limit for operating a watercraft in North Carolina is 0.08.

A Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Wednesday night that officers checked 61 boats and that no one was charged with boating while impaired. Two people, however, were charged with driving while impaired.


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  • .Milky Jul 5, 2007

    My Golo don't go yo.

  • none123 Jul 5, 2007

    Milky. You have to create a golo profile. Check my blog and post.

  • Sopranos Justice Jul 5, 2007

    Milky...was it you that got on my boat??? Can I have my anchor back?

  • Historians 12th Jul 5, 2007

    Milky ROFL LMAO !!!!!

  • .Milky Jul 5, 2007

    I do all of my motor-boating sober these days. That way I'm always sure I'm in the right boat and I won't end up with my feet tied to an anchor at the bottom of a strange lake. Yep, it's only sober motor-boating for me from now on.

  • Sid Jul 5, 2007

    Panther....Boating law and Driving law are not the same. While the 0.08 statute applies the license revocation does not. You are not required to have a driver's license to operate a vessel on the waters of this state. Boating While Impaired is a criminal offense not a traffic offense.

  • Historians 12th Jul 5, 2007

    And Milky wins just under the buzzer, congratulations Milky. Remember to always practice safe motor-boating, & don't forget the "Boost Plus" to help prevent any milk-duds! {;o)

  • Historians 12th Jul 5, 2007

    eeeeeeeeeeh, wrong answer ! It was that motor-boating capitol of the world, "Hooterville"

  • .Milky Jul 5, 2007

    Sorry, that's Hooterville which is north of Crabwell Corners and Stankwell Falls.

  • .Milky Jul 5, 2007

    Crabwell Corners