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State cracking down on drunk driving with Operation Firecracker for July 4th weekend

Two checkpoints over Saint Patrick's Day weekend, operated by officers from 13 law enforcement agencies, resulted in 5 DWI charges. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Erin Bishop)
Police are cracking down this holiday weekend on drinking and driving. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Erin Bishop)

NORTH CAROLINA — Drinking and driving is never a good idea and police across the state are cracking down on impaired drivers this holiday weekend.

“The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is running its “Operation Firecracker” campaign through July 5, which is geared toward catching people who are driving under the influence. This year, GHSP is also asking motorists to support sober driving by writing with window chalk on their vehicles #KeysFreeNC,” according to a release from the NCDOT.

In Wilmington, there are plenty of options if you do choose to drink including Uber, Lyft, and taxi services. Relying on a designated driver can not only save lives but save drivers the consequences of being pulled over for intoxicated driving.

Local law enforcement are usually out in full force as well during the more popular drinking holidays, however, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office there are no plans for a DUI checkpoint this weekend.

July 3 — 5 is also a heightened enforcement time for Operation Dry Water, a national program that checks for boaters operating vessels under the influence.

“The U.S. Coast Guard, local and state law enforcement agencies, recreational boating safety advocates and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are gearing up to help raise awareness and prevent tragedies related to boating under the influence,” according to the Operation Dry Water website.

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