Law enforcement officers across Nevada will
be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws
during the annual Operation Dry Water weekend, June 29-July 1. Operation Dry
Water is a nationally coordinated heightened awareness and enforcement
campaign, focused on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of
drugs or alcohol.
use is a leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, and is one
of the top reasons for recreational boating accidents in general,” said Nevada
Game Warden Captain David Pfiffner, Nevada’s Boating Law Administrator.
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will have officers on every major body of
water across the state, and other law enforcement agencies are adding extra
officers to many waterways in other parts of the state. In Southern Nevada, the
National Park Service will be working with NDOW at the Lake Mead National
are focusing their efforts on detecting impaired boaters and educating the
public about the dangers of boating under the influence. In 2017, the leading
cause of boater deaths, 19 percent, can be attributed to alcohol use.
boat operator makes a conscious choice when they decide to drink and operate a
vessel,” said Pfiffner. “Boating under the influence is a 100% preventable
crime. The purpose of Operation Dry Water is to encourage boaters to stay sober
the inception of the Operation Dry Water Campaign in 2009, law enforcement
officers have removed 3,038 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made
contact with over 1.1 million boaters during the annual three-day weekend. The
campaign continues to make a significant impact on boater safety and spreading
the message of the danger of boating under the influence.
For more information on Operation Dry
Water, please visit operationdrywater.org. A list of participating of agencies
by state can be found at the following site. http://www.operationdrywater.org/agencies.
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and
wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife
and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license
and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear.
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