SEATTLE – Coast Guard units in partnership with local and state marine law enforcement agencies will patrol waters throughout the Pacific Northwest June 24-26, 2011, for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on the education, detection and enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI).
Operation Dry Water is a national initiative coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with state and local agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard, aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities on the water.
The Coast Guard emphasizes that operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against federal and state laws. Boaters caught operating under the influence will have their voyage terminated and their vessel impounded. Additional penalties can include arrest, fines, loss of boating privileges and potential loss of driving privileges.
The Coast Guard contends that operating a vessel while intoxicated is the same as driving drunk, and that BUI enforcement is just as important to public safety as the enforcement of drunk driving laws.
For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org.