Troopers, wildlife officers plan DWI enforcement weekend for drivers, boaters

From staff reportsJuly 2, 2014 

— State troopers and wildlife resources will put on the second of their three pushes to stop impaired drivers and boaters with a crackdown for the Fourth of July weekend, officials said Wednesday.

Land-based efforts will focus on DWI checkpoints near boating areas, the State Highway Patrol said.

The first installment of the program, which authorities call “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive,” was on Memorial Day weekend.

The third will be the last big recreational weekend of the summer, on Labor Day.

Troopers, who investigate accidents outside municipalities, said they handled 14 fatal crashes over the 2013 Independence Day weekend and 561 accidents in which people were hurt.

Impaired driving figured in three of the fatal crashes – 21 percent – and 64 of the 561 other accidents.

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