Coast Guard, partner agencies preparing for Operation Dry Water

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Cotton, a boarding officer at Coast Guard Station New York, and Lt. Nick Katsikis, a law enforcement officer, at Union County Marine Unit, discuss coordinating efforts with New York City Police during Operation Dry Water on the Hudson River, N.Y., (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone)

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Cotton, a boarding officer at Coast Guard Station New York, and Lt. Nick Katsikis, a law enforcement officer, at Union County Marine Unit, discuss coordinating efforts with New York City Police during Operation Dry Water on the Hudson River, N.Y., (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone)

BOSTON — Operation Dry Water, the national campaign to prevent boating under the influence, will begin July 4, and law enforcement crews will be patrolling to ensure boaters are safe on the water.

Alcohol use is the leading known factor in fatal boating accidents.

The Coast Guard will be partnering with local law enforcement agencies during the operation

Despite legalization in several states, marijuana is federally illegal.

As a federal law enforcement agency, Coast Guard crews will continue to take action to enforce all federal laws, including those relating to the transport, use and possession of marijuana.

Marijuana is a controlled substance and possession or use remains a federal offense under the controlled substances act (21 USC 801).

Coast Guard crews may conduct boardings on commercial and recreational boats on international, federal, and state waterways while on patrol to ensure the safety and security of the boating community.

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