INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) An annual campaign aimed at busting recreational boaters who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will take place across the country Friday through Sunday.
Indiana Conservation Officers will participate in Operation Dry Water which is intended to raise awareness of boating under the influence (BUI).
The law enforcement effort typically takes place before the July 4 holiday when lakes, rivers and reservoirs are at their busiest.
“The mission of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of deaths on the water related to alcohol and drug use,” says John Fetterman, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Deputy Executive Director. “Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in boater deaths, and Operation Dry Water – along with all of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners – is working hard to change that statistic.”
In 2013, over the three-day Operation Dry Water weekend, officers from 513 law enforcement agencies and USCG units made contact with over 144,000 recreational boaters and made 290 BUI arrests. This year’s participants come from more than 500 agencies from local, state, and federal levels, and that number continues to grow as the weekend approaches.
In Indiana, a person convicted of boating under the influence faces the same penalties as someone convicted of driving under the influence