Crackdown in Durham on drinking while boating and driving

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Officers are conducting checkpoints in Durham to make sure people aren’t operating vehicles or boats while drunk.

It’s part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of boating while impaired.

Officers are out in two locations over the weekend.

Some authorities are out on the water making sure people are not operating boats while drinking, and the others are in front of Rolling View Baptist Church, stopping drivers as they leave Falls Lake.

CBS North Carolina’s cameras were rolling as Durham police arrested their first person they say was driving while impaired.

Law enforcement says that is the goal of this checkpoint, to get drunk drivers off the road.

If officers get any sign that you’ve been drinking, they will immediately get you out of your car, have you take a breathalyzer test, and if it’s above the limit, they’ll arrest you on the spot.

Howard Henry, a traffic investigator for the City of Durham, says he hopes this operation sends a message to everyone.

“If you know you’re going to go out and drink somewhere then take a sober person with you and let them drive,” he said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper, cause if we catch you, you’re going to pay some money, lose your licenses, that’s if we catch you. Cause if we don’t, you could go out and kill somebody.”

Officers say the checkpoints also act as a deterrent and they want to get the word out about them.

The more people know about the checkpoints, officers feel that will encourage people who’ve been drinking, to have a sober person drive for them.

This is the first time officers have operated this checkpoint during the day.

They are expecting more traffic in the area shortly as more people start to leave the lake.

Officers are going to be out until about 8:30 p.m.

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