This is the ninth year for the national effort to reduce impaired vessel operation by highlighting enforcement efforts. Troopers conducted saturations and worked extended shifts to bring heightened awareness to the issue of boating while intoxicated.

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of enforcement efforts to detect impaired boat operators in conjunction with the national “Operation Dry Water” campaign.

This is the ninth year for the national effort to reduce impaired vessel operation by highlighting enforcement efforts. Troopers conducted saturations and worked extended shifts to bring heightened awareness to the issue of boating while intoxicated.

Troopers arrested 15 people statewide for boating while intoxicated, contacted 856 vessels and 2,745 boaters, and issued 146 boating violation summonses and 1,238 warnings. Marine operations troopers also issued 86 summonses for non-boating violations during the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months. Boaters are reminded that designating a sober operator is always the safest bet if alcohol is going to be included in their boating experience.

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!