Georgia DNR enforcing “Operation Dry Water”
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – If you’re taking the boat out this weekend, don’t be under the influence. That’s what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Rangers are saying with this weekend’s Operation Dry Water, intended to crack down on impaired boating.
Thousands of other law enforcement agencies are participating in the initiative across the nation.
“[Boating under the influence] can lead to accidents,” Corporal Jeremy Bolen said. “We’ve had accidents where people ran through docks, hit other boats; the same thing as on a highway.”
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Facebook page, 73 BUI arrests have been made statewide this year.
To initiate stops and check for blood alcohol content, law enforcement officials look for boaters that are not obeying rules, such as not passing properly, having children not wearing life vests, or not having valid registration.
Bolen encourages drivers to boat safe and boat sober, as if operating a car. For more information about the Operation Dry Water initiative, visit www.operationdrywater.org