Coast Guard and others looking for BUI suspects this weekend | News
LOUISVILLE (FOX19) – The Coast Guard, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Agency and the Louisville Metro Police Department will partner in an intensified nationwide effort to detect intoxicated boaters and enforce Boating Under the Influence laws on the Ohio River from Friday through Sunday.
Coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Operation Dry Water will include increased patrols from Evansville, Ind., to Cincinnati, Ohio, in order to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities on the Ohio River.
Virtually all navigable waters in this stretch of the Ohio River are in Kentucky.
Launched by NASBLA in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of accidents as well as fostering a stronger deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water. It is held annually in June just prior to the 4th of July holiday weekend, and numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies across the country work together during this event to bring visibility to the dangers of BUI. Curbing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities is key to achieving a safer and more enjoyable environment for recreational boating.
Last summer, agencies and organizations from all 50 states and six U.S. territories participated in Operation Dry Water. Over that three-day weekend, contact was made with 40,127 vessels, resulting in law enforcement officers issuing 4,171 citations, affecting 322 BUI arrests and issuing 7,522 safety warnings.
BUI has become the leading contributing factor in fatal recreational boating accidents, and it is recommended that boaters avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time as well as increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of hypothermia.
According to Kentucky state code, both the drinking of alcoholic beverages and being intoxicated on a boat are prohibited. This law, and others that prohibit drinking on the water, will be strictly enforced
More information is available at www.operationdrywater.org.
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