Wildlife enforcement officers ready to write tickets on local lakes

Posted: Jul 05, 2013 9:30 PM EST Updated: Jul 05, 2013 9:42 PM EST

By David Spunt – email
LAKE NORMAN, NC (WBTV) -Boaters beware! Wildlife enforcement agents will be out in big numbers starting Friday night to make sure you aren’t drinking and driving and that you have your lights on.

WBTV caught up with agents working for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) who say they are ready to write tickets for anyone violating the law.

Agents say they are constantly pulling people over for drinking and driving and not using their lights.

“As cloudy as it’s been over the past week or so, picking out a boat on the water, you don’t have that moonlight shining down. It’s very crucial that people know their lights are operational,” said Officer Ron Robertson, an agent with the NCWRC.

Robertson said knowing what different color lights mean, could help save a life. He says red and green lights are on the front of the boat, meaning it’s likely coming your way, while a white light means the boat is going the opposite direction.

Robertson said the fine for driving without the proper lights is $215. He says if you see any type of violation on a lake, you are asked to NC Wildlife Resources at 1-800-662-7137.

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