Operation Dry Water Heightened-Enforcement Campaign Starts July 29

The 2018 Operation Dry Water heightened-awareness and -enforcement weekend aimed at reducing intoxicated boating will take place nationwide, June 29-July 1, 2018. Boaters can expect to see increased patrols on their local waters, with members of the Coast Guard, State Police, Environmental Police Officers and other local officials on the lookout for impaired boaters.

The mission of ODW is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

Awareness Campaign

  • The outreach and awareness portion of the Operation Dry Water campaign is in effect year-round.
  • Operation Dry Water focuses on spreading awareness of the danger of boating under the influence to the recreational boating public through the outreach efforts of NASBLA, the U.S. Coast Guard, participating law enforcement agencies nationwide and our partners.
  • With alcohol use remaining the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, the mission of the ODW campaign and of those who support it is to change the cultural acceptance of drinking and boating and help boaters have safe and fun recreational boating experiences.

Heightened-Enforcement Campaign

  • The purpose of the heightened-enforcement component of the Operation Dry Water campaign is to deter boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Local law enforcement around the country will participate in ODW to remove impaired operators from the waterways and to inform and educate boaters about the dangers and implications of boating under the influence.
  • Since the launch of Operation Dry Water in 2009, the number of boating fatalities with alcohol named as a contributing factor has decreased in the United States. However, alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States.
  • Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.