With the recent hot temperatures and Memorial Day Weekend approaching, officers are expecting many people to head out on the water for boating and partying, and they're preparing for it.
That's why Thursday officers got a refreshed course on field sobriety tests. Officers plan to be out on the water in full force this summer making sure boaters are being safe. Officers can stop a boat any time to make a safety inspection and conduct sobriety tests like the gaze, the walk and turn, and the one-leg stand. Officers say drinking while driving a boat can have deadly consequences.
"Every year we have several fatal accidents in North Carolina that are caused because people are operating a boat while impaired," said Wildlife Officer William Cain.
If officers find a boater driving while impaired that person can be fined anywhere from $100 to $1,000.