Officials to Increase BUI Patrols This Weekend
June 23, 2016
Marine patrol officers, environmental police, local harbormasters and the Coast Guard throughout New England and the nation will be on heightened alert for those boaters who are operating a vessel under the influence during Operation Dry Water weekend, June 24-26.
Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) that focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Nationally, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. According to the US Coast Guard, in 2015 alcohol use was the primary factor in nearly one-fifth of boater deaths.
Law-enforcement and safety officials will also take the opportunity to provide information on safe boating practices and the importance of wearing life jackets (according to US Coast Guard statistics, 85 percent of drowning victims in 2015 were not wearing a life jacket).
In 2015, law enforcement officers from 582 local, state and federal agencies across the U.S. made 278 BUI arrests for both drugs and alcohol, issued 17,942 citations and made contact with over 125,087 boaters during the annual three-day weekend.
For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit the online HERE.