Police cracking down on drunk boaters with 'bat mobile'

There's no denying boaters have some great options here in the Carolinas, but those seemingly fun filled days can turn deadly fast if people don't play it safe.

Last year, there were close to 20 boating crashes on area lakes. Four people died.

Hartley LeRoy, who lives on Lake Norman, remembers one in particular.

"Beautiful little girl about 17-years-old was out knee boarding and was run over by a pontoon boat,” Hartley LeRoy said. 

To get ahead of the problem, law enforcement agencies are teaming up to get drunk boaters off the water.

With the "bat mobile", they can process twice as many offenders.

"While they're out here doing these boating impairment exercises, instead of processing two or three drunks, we may get up to ten drunks," Chad Towery said. 

So, to keep things fun and safe on the water, remember the basics: Have a life jacket for everyone. Children under 14 have to keep it on. Go slow through the coves. And don't drink and drive a boat.

"It's just one moment in a lapse of attention and drastic consequences can happen and it can affect those families lives for years to come," LeRoy said. 

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