The U.S. Coast Guard launches Operation Dry Water to educate boaters that it is unsafe and illegal to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The annual program runs June 28-30 this year in Florida and other states in the United States.
According to statistics from the agency, alcohol use was a contributing factor in 30 accidents, resulting in nine deaths and 30 injuries statewide last year.
Operation Dry Water, launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water the weekend before the July 4th Independence Day weekend to give boating under the influence (BUI) enforcement high visibility before a holiday known for drinking and boating – and deadly accidents.
“We want recreational boaters to have fun on the water, but we can’t tolerate boaters operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Cmdr. Darren J. Caprara, Coast Guard Sector Miami chief of response said in a press release. “Please help to keep our waters safe and do not drink and boat.”
For more information on this event, visit www.operationdrywater.org.