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Our goal is to educate boaters about the balance between having a good time and being safe on the water,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
HCSO Marine Unit deputies along with state and federal boating agencies will be out in force June 29 – July 1, for Operation Dry Water (ODW), an annual campaign focused on the detection and enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI).
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. Launched 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 goal is to educate boaters about the balance between having a good time and being safe on the water,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Boating and drinking just do not mix. People’s lives depend on it.”
Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. 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. Boaters can learn more about boating under the influence by visiting operationdrywater.org.