Coast Guard focuses on boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water

1st Coast Guard District News
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Coast Guard Station New York is scheduled to participate in Operation Dry Water (ODW) June 27-29, 2014 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI).

During this 3-day weekend, Coast Guard boarding officers will be on the water educating boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired.

Boating under the influence continues to be a major problem nationwide. In fact, alcohol consumption is the leading cause of boating deaths. By participating in ODW, Station New York is promoting safe recreational boating in an effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to alcohol or drug use.

“The Coast Guard encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season with friends and family in a safe and responsible way,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Walsh, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station New York. “Drinking alcohol while operating a boat can have serious, even deadly consequences, and our goal is to make sure everyone enjoys their time on the water and comes back alive.”

In New York and New Jersey boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties including having their vessel impounded, payment of fines, or jail time. ODW patrols will include increased patrols and breathalyzer tests as well as boater education and outreach.

ODW is a joint program of the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, U.S. Park Police, New York Police Department, Westchester County Police, Union County Police, and New Jersey State Police. For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit operationdrywater.org.

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