Coast Guard, local agencies to enforce BUI across Hawaii

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and local enforcement will be participating in the sixth annual nationwide, multi-agency Boating Under the Influence education, detection, and enforcement campaign Friday through Monday.

The Coast Guard will be on the water throughout Hawaii conducting boardings and educating the public about the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol.

Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of BUI education and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Held each year during the weekend before the Fourth of July, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the states, the Coast Guard and other partner organizations.

The goal for Operation Dry Water is to significantly reduce the number of alcohol related accidents, injuries, and deaths among recreational boaters. Operation Dry Water directly supports a variety of objectives identified in the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan that focuses on reducing deaths and injuries nationally.

Boating under the influence is dangerous and illegal. Alcohol continues to be a leading cause in recreational boating related accidents, injuries and deaths. Alcohol is a contributing factor in 17 percent of all recreational boating deaths nationwide.

“Our primary goal is to partner with the state to educate boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Bendle, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “The Coast Guard and the Department of Land and Natural Resources will actively patrol throughout the summer to promote safety. We urge boaters to think twice before operating any type of watercraft under the influence, which includes motorized boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Boating under the influence is a choice that endangers your life and other members of the community. We want everyone to return home safe after a fun day on the water here in Hawaii.”

The National Association of State Boating Law Administration is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources including, training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, NASBLA affects the lives of over 83 million American boaters.

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