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 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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