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Charlotte, Sarasota counties cracking down on BUI with Operation Dry Water

Operation Dry Water targets Boating Under the Influence.

Oper­a­tion Dry Water tar­gets Boat­ing Under the Influence.

Updated Thurs­day, June 23, to show Sara­sota is also join­ing effort.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Char­lotte and Sara­sota Sheriff’s Offices will take part in the nation­wide ini­tia­tive Oper­a­tion Dry Water dur­ing the week­end of June 24–26. The effort is being under­taken in con­junc­tion with the United States Coast Guard, coor­di­nated by the National Asso­ci­a­tion of State Boat­ing Law Admin­is­tra­tors (NASBLA)

Oper­a­tion Dry Water National Cam­paign Overview

Oper­a­tion Dry Water is a national aware­ness and enforce­ment cam­paign that focuses on draw­ing atten­tion to the dan­gers of Boat­ing Under the Influ­ence (BUI) in hopes of reduc­ing the num­ber of alco­hol and drug related boat­ing acci­dents and fatal­i­ties on the water.

Dur­ing this cam­paign, law enforce­ment will have a greater pres­ence on the county’s water­ways, enforc­ing boat­ing laws to include Boat­ing Under the Influ­ence. Be sure to bring along the nec­es­sary and required equip­ment, such as Per­sonal Flota­tion Devices and Flares.

Just as drink­ing and dri­ving on the road is dan­ger­ous, so is drink­ing and boat­ing,” said Sara­sota County Sher­iff Tom Knight. “It’s a beau­ti­ful time of year in Sara­sota County and we’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in Oper­a­tion Dry Water so that every­one has a safe and enjoy­able expe­ri­ence on our waterways.”

In Florida it is ille­gal to oper­ate a ves­sel with a BAC level of .08 or higher — the same as it is to oper­ate a vehi­cle. Alco­hol use is the lead­ing con­tribut­ing fac­tor in recre­ational boater deaths. Dur­ing the national week­end of height­ened aware­ness and high-visibility enforce­ment, boaters can expect to see more law enforce­ment pres­ence and increased mes­sag­ing about this dan­ger­ous and pre­ventable crime.



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