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Crackdown on drunken boaters

TNS Regional News • Jun 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be participating in Operation Dry Water this weekend as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“Consuming alcohol on a boat can have serious, and even deadly, consequences,” said Gary Obermiller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “It is critical for drivers and passengers to stay sober and stay safe at all times while boating.”

The leading factor in boater deaths nationwide is alcohol use while boating. Operation Dry Water will focus on increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and checkpoints as well as boater education about the dangers of boating under the influence.

Last year during the three-day operation, ODNR Division of Watercraft officers contacted boaters on 456 vessels and made 10 arrests for boating under the influence.

In Ohio, boaters whose blood alcohol content level exceeds the state limit of .08 face fines, possible jail time and loss of privileges to register and to operate boats.

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and local marine patrol officers.


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