Operation Dry Water June 30-July 2

Delaware promoting Operation Dry Water June 30-July 2 to help prevent boating under the influence and save lives on the water


DNREC Enforcement boat

DOVER (June 26, 2017) – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police today announced Delaware’s active participation in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide enforcement and education campaign aimed at preventing alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.

Over the June 30-July 2 weekend, Fish & Wildlife officers will increase their presence on Delaware’s waterways to educate boaters and increase enforcement efforts against operators whose blood alcohol level exceeds the state and federal limit of 0.08 percent. Boat operators at or above the limit will be arrested and may have their vessel impounded, as well as facing fines and potential jail time.

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According to national statistics released by the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use is a leading contributing factor to fatal boating accidents. To avoid putting themselves, their passengers and other boaters at risk, boat operators are urged to stay sober, follow safe boating practices and plan ahead to have a non-drinking designated boat operator on board if alcohol is consumed.

Indian River Coast Guard
Indian River Coast Guard

During Operation Dry Water in 2016, Delaware officers made 1,405 contacts with boat operators and passengers and conducted 150 boardings while performing standard vessel safety checks and encouraging safe boating practices both in operations and required safety equipment. Twenty citations were issued that weekend, helping to raise awareness of and reduce unsafe boating practices. One citation was issued for operating a vessel under the influence (OUI).

For more information, visit Delaware Boating Safety or contact Delaware Boating Safety Coordinator Lt. John McDerby at 302-739-9913 or email john.mcderby@state.de.us.

Operation Dry Water is coordinated nationwide by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with state marine enforcement agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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