Educational campaign launches this weekend


Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol will once again be participating in a national campaign aimed at keeping boaters safe.

Spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Operation Dry Water is an effort by nearly every state and territory to raise awareness and reduce the number of intoxicated boating captains on the water.

The coordinated campaign is taking place this weekend, June 25-27, on waterways throughout the state including Lake of the Ozarks.

Boaters can expect to see stepped up enforcement as they head out on the water.


BUI Arrests

    State    Lake of the Ozarks

2009 YTD    117    80

2010 YTD    93    55



2009 Operation Dry Water

Total Boats Stopped    343

BUI Arrests    17 (9  at Lake of the Ozarks)

Citations    17

Warnings    62

 


Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol will once again be participating in a national campaign aimed at keeping boaters safe.
Spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Operation Dry Water is an effort by nearly every state and territory to raise awareness and reduce the number of intoxicated boating captains on the water.
The coordinated campaign is taking place this weekend, June 25-27, on waterways throughout the state including Lake of the Ozarks.
Boaters can expect to see stepped up enforcement as they head out on the water.
Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol will be conducting multiple sobriety checkpoints and saturations statewide throughout the weekend.
Boaters who come across a checkpoint on the water may be stopped, a news release issued by the agency said. If that happens, officers will make contact with the driver and perform a basic safety check of the boat’s equipment.
If the officer suspects the driver is under the influence, the officer will ask the driver to submit to a field sobriety test.
All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible to ensure traffic does not back up, the release said.
According to 2008 Coast Guard recreational boating statistics, nationally, Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents accounting for more than 1/5 of boating fatalities.