Operation Dry Water Cracks Down on Boozing and Boating
Extra police patrols are out this weekend looking for drivers drunk behind the wheel. But they're not on the roads. This crackdown is on the waterways, looking for the combo of boating and booze.
It is a part of Operation Dry Water. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries reports there are 120 boat accidents on Virginia waterways each year, including an average of 20 deaths. Many of those involve alcohol.
Major Mike Minarik explained, "Every one of those accidents could be prevented had the operator been a little more aware of what's going on. We absolutely hope that operators will not be operating under the influence."
Officers say you can drink on a boat, as long as there's a designated driver. Those officers will be out in extra numbers all day Sunday on several area waterways.
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