Wisconsin to participate in National Boating Under the Influence Enforcement Effort
News Release Published: June 18, 2010 by the Central Office
Contact(s): Roy Zellmer, DNR Boating Safetey Administrator, (608) 264-8970
Operation Dry Water – June 25-27, 2010
MADISON – Because driving while intoxicated is a dangerous move whether behind the wheel of a car or a boat, Wisconsin's boating law administrator says state officials will be participating in “Operation Dry Water,” a national campaign to target enforcement efforts on this dangerous practice.
Operation Dry Water is coming to state waterways the weekend of June 25-27, says Roy Zellmer, Department of Natural Resources conservation warden and boating law administrator. State conservation wardens along with local boating law enforcement officers will be out in force on state waters that weekend looking for boat operators who are impaired.
”Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs contributes to nearly two in five recreational boating fatalities in Wisconsin,” Zellmer said. “In 2009, 38 percent of boating fatalities involved alcohol and the average blood alcohol content in those fatalities was 0.227 percent – that’s nearly three times the legal limit.”
Wardens and boat patrol officers will be aggressively detecting, screening and arresting intoxicated operators. Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.
“In Wisconsin they include fines, jail and possible impoundment of boats,” Zellmer said. “A little planning goes a long way, designating a sober driver will make all the difference.”
Operation Dry Water, launched in 2009 by National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the United States Coast Guard.
Last summer, agencies and organizations from 46 states and 5 territories participated in the first ever Operation Dry Water weekend.
During that 2009 three-day weekend, 2,442 marine law enforcement officers made contact with 17,454 recreational vessels and issued 5,320 boating safety warnings, 283 BUI citations and 1,127 citations for other violations. This included 13 OWI citations in Wisconsin as well as hundreds of contacts between marine officers and boaters. This year, all 56 states, trusts and territories are expected to participate.
More information is available on the boating safety eduction pages of the DNR website and at [Operation Dry Water] (exit DNR).
via WDNR News Release – Wisconsin to participate in National Boating Under the Influence Enforcment Effort.