Operation Dry Water, the annual campaign aimed at reducing the number of impaired boating crashes, starts Friday.
All weekend, law enforcement will be out in force, looking for impaired operators on the water. In Louisiana, that means sheriff’s patrols and patrols by the agents of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department.
Operation Dry Water is a national campaign coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Since the campaign launched in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 3,038 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with over 1.1 million boaters during the annual three-day weekend.
Operation Dry Water weekend is held annually near the Fourth of July holiday, a holiday known for increased boaters on the waters where alcohol use is prevalent, as are subsequent boating accidents and fatalities.