Officers in every state will be looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds state limits.
Press Release – State marine law enforcement officers across the nation will be participating in Operation Dry Water 2012 June 22-24 with the goal of enforcing Boating Under the Influence (BUI) laws and educating boaters to the risks of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Officers in every state will be looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds state limits. Operation Dry Water could include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and checkpoints, depending on the resources of the state. Impaired boaters can expect severe penalties including fines, jail and loss of boating or even driving privileges.
BUI continues to be a major problem in the U.S. A boat operator or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. Alcohol was a contributing factor in just 6 percent of boating accidents overall, but figured in 16 percent of boating fatalities in the U.S. last year. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more probable and more deadly for both passengers and boat operators, many of whom capsize their vessel or simply fall overboard.
Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a multi-agency education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information and for posters, stickers and other promotional items that can be posted at marinas visit www.operationdrywater.org.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
The United States Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation’s five armed services.
Association of Marina Industries is a non-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the marina industry.