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Operation Dry Water to Prevent Boating Under the Influence

Reported by: Sarah Duffey
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Updated: 6/27 7:50 pm
If you plan to be out on the water this weekend, marine patrolmen warn you to be on your best behavior. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Wildlife & Fisheries will be patrolling the Gulf and several rivers on the lookout for drunk drivers.

Operation Dry Water will take place starting Friday night and will continue through Sunday evening. Assistant Marine Chief, Rusty Pitman, says there are certain ways you can tell if a driver is drunk.

Pitman says, “It’s just like the rules of the road on the highway. If they're going up river they need to be on the right side, they could be on the left side but a lot of times we can always tell. The officers can always judge the driver of the boat and there could be suspicion that they are operating under the influence.”

Pitman says to make sure you have enough life jackets for all passengers on board, or you will be fined.




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