Highway Patrol keeps an eye out for drunk boaters during Operation Dry Water

June 29, 2018 - 11:08 am

Marine law enforcement officers from all 50 states and six U.S. territories are conducting special patrols this weekend to keep waterways safe.

It's known as Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign targeting boaters operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The special patrols will be conducted Friday through Sunday.

Captain John Hotz, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, says boating under the influence continues to be a leading factor in crashes and deaths on the nation's waterways.

"We know that Fourth of July is a huge boating weekend.  So, we want to raise awareness as much as we can, particularly before this holiday period about the dangers of impaired boating," Hotz tells KMBZ.

Hotz says alcohol use is dangerous for passengers too. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening accidents.

He says troopers also will be looking for other boating violations and reminds everyone to wear their life jackets. 

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