Law enforcement set to crack down on boaters

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the Patrol’s participation in Operation Dry Water, a national campaign in which marine law enforcement officers from across the country coordinate special patrols during the last weekend in June to achieve a high visibility of boating under the influence enforcement.

Missouri boat operators found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% will be arrested for boating while intoxicated. A vessel operator with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a boating crash.

In 2012, 51 states and U.S. territories participated in Operation Dry Water. More than 4,500 officers from 505 local, state, and federal agencies participated in 72 hours of heightened BWI enforcement. Officers were able to remove 337 BWI operators from the water while issuing an additional 14,514 boating safety citations and warnings.

Missouri troopers arrested a total of 20 people statewide for boating while intoxicated during the 2012 Operation Dry Water weekend. Special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months. Boaters are reminded that designating a sober skipper is always the safest bet if alcohol is going to be included in their boating experience.

The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:25 am