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LDWF agents to patrol Louisiana waterways this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 20:11:50-04

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be on heightened patrol this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water.

The department says that impaired boaters caught on state waterways during the July 4 weekend can expect to face severe penalties.

A DWI on the water, according to LDWF, carries the same penalties and fines as on the road, including jail time, fines, and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

"We want everybody to enjoy themselves on the rivers and waterways of Louisiana this weekend. However, if you're going to be consuming beverages, alcoholic beverages, make sure you have a designated driver," said Sgt. Thomas Ashley, LDWF Enforcement Division. "Even though it might not be required, have everybody wear a life jacket and have a good time on the water!"

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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