Boaters should be aware that federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down this weekend on people boating under the influence
Taking place Friday-Sunday, Operation Dry Water is an annual education and enforcement effort aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
According to U.S. Coast Guard data from 2009, alcohol was a primary factor in 16 percent of fatalities from recreational boating accidents.
Held each year the weekend before the Fourth of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the states, the U.S. Coast Guard and other partner organizations.
Over the three-day weekend last year, there were 40,127 vessels and 66,472 boaters contacted by law enforcement, 322 BUI arrests were made, and 4,171 citations and 7,522 warnings issued for safety violations.