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Operation Dry Water cracks down on boating under the influence
Operation Dry Water cracks down on boating under the influence

Law enforcement officers in Kootenai County are gearing up for their part in Operation Dry Water – the nation's boating under influence awareness and and enforcement campaign. The campaign runs Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29.

During the three-day Operation Dry Water weekend, The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Recreation Safety Section will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws. In 2013, officers across the nation contacted 144,044 recreational boaters and made 290 BUI arrests during the three-day weekend. Thousands of law enforcement officers, along with their boating safety partners, will be on the water during Operation Dry Water educating boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol as well as removing from the water those who choose to boat impaired.

"The mission of Operation Dry Water and the law enforcement officers who participate is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related deaths on the water,” says John Fetterman with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. “Boating should be a fun and enjoyable time spent with friends and family; we are asking that boaters make sure their voyage remains enjoyable by boating sober. Too many accidents and deaths are caused by those who choose to boat under the influence.”

For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit www.operationdrywater.org, or you can contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Recreation Safety Section at 208-446-2250 or 208-446-1300

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