CG, Officials to Increase Sobriety Checks This Weekend

Sebago Lake boat check and a Sobriety Checkpoint (Inset). Photo/NASBLASafeBoating, Inset/Operation Dry Water.

New England Coast Guard units along with marine law enforcement officers from local and state boating agencies will be out in force June 24 through 26 for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on the detection and enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI). A secondary objective is to raise awareness among all boaters that it is unsafe as well as illegal to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

As part of this national effort, Operation Dry Water, a multi-agency, education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water the weekend before the Fourth of July weekend to give BUI enforcement high visibility before a holiday known for drinking and boating—and deadly accidents.

“Our message is a simple one,” said Walt Taylor, 1st Coast Guard District recreational boating safety coordinator. “We want recreational boaters to have fun on the water, but we can’t tolerate boaters operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

This year, all 56 states, trusts and territories are expected to participate in Operation Dry Water, educating the public and searching for boat operators whose blood alcohol concentration exceeds the national limit of .08.

Video: Operation Dry Water PSA with Keith Colburn from Deadliest Catch

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For more information on this annual event:

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Video: Operation Dry Water/SFST Trailer

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