Coast Guard Partners with State Agencies for Operation Dry Water

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Connecticut and Long Island Coast Guard units and partner agencies are increasing their presence on the water to deter boating under the influence (BUI) leading up to the Fourth of July weekend.

During the operation, Coast Guard boarding teams and law enforcement officers will focus on detecting impaired boaters and educating the public about the dangers of boating under the influence.

Alcohol use is the lead contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. In 2016, alcohol was the primary factor in 282 accidents and 87 deaths nationwide. Since the inception of the Operation Dry Water campaign in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 2,520 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways.

Special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months. Boaters are reminded that designating a sober operator is always the safest bet if alcohol is going to be included in their boating experience.

“We are committed to ensuring everyone operating on the water is safe and we will be increasing patrols over the next two weeks to meet that end,” said Capt. Andrew Tucci, commander Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “Alcohol decreases your ability to react quickly, impairs judgment, and increases fatigue. Don’t operate a vessel if you’ve consumed alcohol.”

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