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Jun 24, 2011 10:41 PM by Shawn Kline

Agents looking for boaters under the influence

It all starts with a flick of the lights. Then you realize they're here for you.
"We're putting more boats on patrol this weekend," Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent, Jason Romero said.

Wildlife and Fisheries kicked off the weekend in Henderson Swamp as part of Operation: Dry Water.
Sure, it sounds like a military campaign-- but in all aspects it is. It's a crackdown on boating under the influence.

"We'd like everyone to have a safe boating weekend, just don't drive while drinking," Romero said.

Agents say boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Romero says one of the few differences is it's actually easier to notice on the water.

"There's more stresses." He says, "you have the heat, the wind so alcohol is more effective on you while in a boat than in a vehicle."

And don't think they're just checking for those of you under the influence of alcohol. Agents are also looking for registrations, life jackets and fishing and boat licenses. If you are found under the influence, fines can be up to $1,000 and even six months behind bars. So when heading out this weekend, agents want you to think before you drink.

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