Enforcement up for boaters under influence of alcohol, drugs
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- The U.S. Coast Guard will be joining local law enforcement agencies this weekend for extra patrols as part of “Operation Dry Water,” a campaign against operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Operation Dry Water goes on year-round, but a heightened awareness and enforcement three-day weekend takes place each year on the weekend prior the July fourth, a holiday unfortunately known for drunken boating incidents.
The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities through increased awareness and by more visible police and Coast Guard patrols.
Impaired boaters endanger not only themselves, but the other boaters on the water as well.
Since the launch of Operation Dry Water in 2009, the number of boating fatalities with alcohol as a contributing factor has gone down, but alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States.
In Missouri, boat operators, like drivers, with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, will be arrested for boating while intoxicated.