You may have already seen or heard public service announcements about the risks of boating while under the influence…like this one:
“You wouldn’t believe what we see out here – the worst accidents and injuries happen when boaters are under the influence.”
The annual campaign is called “Operation Dry Water.”
“There will be increased law enforcement on California’s water bodies and waterways.”
Sylvia Ortega-Hunter is Acting Director of the state Department of Boating and Waterways. She says there were 53 boating deaths in California last year.
“Of those 53, 35% were alcohol-related. That is so preventable.”
In California, it’s against the law to operate a boat or water ski with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more.
Part of the money to pay for the stepped-up presence of law enforcement this weekend comes from the U.S. Coast Guard.