Law Enforcement Agencies to Ramp Up BUI Patrols This Weekend

The Coast Guard and local and state law-enforcement agencies will be on heightened alert this weekend for boaters operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It’s all part of the annual Operation Dry Water, which seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of operating a boat while impaired.

Law enforcement agencies that participate in Operation Dry Water are asked to increase BUI enforcement during the targeted enforcement weekend of Operation Dry Water, July 3 -5, as well as work with their local media, businesses and recreational boaters to spread the message and raise awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence during the heightened enforcement weekend and all year long.


If you boat under the influence your voyage may be terminated, the boat may be impounded and the operator may be arrested. Penalties vary by state but can include fines, jail and loss of boating or even driving privileges.

  • The federal BAC legal limit for operating a vessel under the influence is .08
  • Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time
  • Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion—“stressors” common to the boating environment— intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications
  • Alcohol use can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
  • Alcohol is dangerous for passengers too. Intoxication can cause slips, falls overboard and other dangerous accidents.
  • If you boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol you are endangering your life and the lives of others.