“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive.”
That’s the slogan that the State Highway Patrol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission want you to take to heart this summer. Recently those organizations launched their annual safety campaign to persuade people to make the right choices regarding drinking and driving.
Why summer? Lovely as they are, the summer months can be dangerous times. Barbecues, garden parties, sports events, and the July 4 holiday are occasions for drinking. Most people are sensible; they avoid driving a car while chilling with a beer or margarita.
But it’s worth remembering that there are other things that you shouldn’t try to pilot while drinking this summer:
- Riding mowers
- Golf carts
- Snowmobiles (not a big issue in summer, but it’s happened)
In fact, you’ll find DUIs on record for all of these vehicles, and that’s because all of them can be dangerous to you or others if you’re driving or riding them while impaired.
So On the Road, On the Water just about covers things – it goes without saying that you shouldn’t be in the cockpit of your plane if you’ve been drinking, of course.
The message from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, MADD, and the State Patrol: enjoy the summer. Safely.