Drinking & Boating Crackdown

Officials in Delaware say they're going to increase their presence along Delaware's waterways this weekend to crack down on operators who operate boats while drunk.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says that beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, officials will participate in “Operation Dry Water.”

“Delaware consistently has one of the lowest boating accident rates in the country, and we want to keep it that way. Drinking and boating don’t mix, and can lead to accidents that put operators, their passengers and other boaters at risk,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “During Operation Dry Water, our Enforcement agents will be increasing patrols, checking boaters for intoxication, and providing information on the dangers of operating under the influence.”

The nationwide event is aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.

During last year's “Operation Dry Water” in Delaware, four boat operators were arrested for operating under the influence. Anyone operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher is breaking Delaware and federal laws and can be fined and face potential jail time.

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