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Drunk Boating Effort This Weekend

KSAL Staff - June 26, 2014 7:26 am

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Wildlife and law enforcement officers will mobilize this weekend to enforce Boating Under the Influence laws as part of a national effort.

“Operation Dry Water” is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Operation Dry Water is an education and enforcement weekend aimed at reducing alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities both on the road and on the water. Held each year during the weekend before the 4th of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with states, the U.S. Coast Guard and other partner organizations.

During the three-day “Operation Dry Water”effort this weekend law enforcement officers at local, state and federal levels will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws. In 2013, officers contacted 144,044 recreational boaters and made 290 BUI arrests during the three-day weekend. Thousands of law enforcement officers, along with their boating safety partners, will be on the water during “Operation Dry Water” educating boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol as well as removing from the water those who choose to boat impaired.

During Operation Dry Water, officers will be out in force looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of 0.08. The weekend will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests, life jacket checks and boater education. Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other serious penalties.

Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism officers are responsible for patrolling the waters of Kansas and conducting boat accident investigations, boat safety inspections, BUI checks, safety programs, education classes and other boating related activities.

In Kansas, the consequences for BUI include fines, jail and loss of boating privileges.

This effort is timed to give BUI enforcement high visibility before the Fourth of July, traditionally one of the busiest recreational boating weekends of the summer.

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