Boaters received surprise visits as “Operation Dry Water” went into full swing. News 25’s Toni Miles was out on patrol with two agencies.
As water lovers gear up for one of the busiest boating holidays of the year, a national safety campaign is wrapping up: “Operation Dry Water.”
Deputy Chief Rusty Pittman, of DMR Marine Patrol, said, “The biggest thing is we want everyone to have safety in mind and if you are going to be out and have alcohol in your boat, please have a designated driver like you would if you were on land and in an automobile.”
The DMR and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and other agencies launched this campaign over the weekend. Its aim: To get drunk drivers from behind the wheel, and to bring boating laws to the forefront. In particular, that like driving, you’re considered intoxicated and committing a crime if your blood alcohol level is .08 or higher.
Lt. Barry Delcambre with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said, “of course, we have BUI laws, boating under the influence. Zero tolerance on BUI, so I would recommend just like in a vehicle, get a designated driver.”
Law enforcement officers also carried out safety checks. While News 25 was out on patrol, no one was found boating under the influence but a few tickets were issued because one or two items were missing from the safety checklist.