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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Whether you're traveling by land or sea, people can expect a lot of company out there on the roads or waterways this 4th of July.
With everyone getting in the party spirit, local law enforcement is getting into protection mode. We talked to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office about what they'll be keeping an eye out for on the water this holiday.
A spokesperson said they, along with other agencies, will be enforcing BWI's--boating while intoxicated.
Another main safety tip they mentioned was that boaters must have a life preserver for everyone on board. Drinking on the water is not illegal, but drinking and driving a boat or being irresponsible while boating could end up in a misdemeanor charge-- one that carries hefty court costs.
Sgt. Jerry Brewer with New Hanover County Sheriff's Office explained how deputies single out reckless boaters.
"We look for people who are not driving correctly," said Sgt. Brewer. "If they're careless and reckless with their driving or if they seem to be overloaded that's a big problem on the holidays--is making sure that you have the right amount of people that your boat can safely carry."
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