Over the July 4th holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies and officers across the United States will be conducting Operation Dry Water and will be on heightened alert for those in violation of boating under the influence laws. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign focused on boating under the influence awareness, prevention and enforcement.
Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, and a leading factor in recreational boating accidents.* Law enforcement agencies from all 56 U.S. states and territories are expected to participate in Operation Dry Water. These agencies will focus their efforts on detecting impaired boaters, removing them from our nation’s waterways and educating the public about the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“We see too many tragedies and deaths every year that were 100% preventable and caused by those who chose to boat while impaired,” says Hannah Helsby, Deputy Executive Director for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). “Those involved in Operation Dry Water, including participating law enforcement agencies and our boating safety partners, urge every boater keep themselves and others on the water safe by choosing to stay sober while boating.”