Officers cracking down on people driving boats while under the influence of alcohol

This weekend officers will be stepping up enforcement and cracking down on people who are driving boats under the influence of alcohol.

It's part of a nationwide campaign called "Operation Dry Water." The Department of Natural Resources says last year, the average alcohol content of people caught operating under the influence was almost three times the legal limit for driving, something that's very dangerous for people on the water.

Bill Yearman with the DNR says, "Most of our fatalities drown, and most of them are not wearing life jackets. So, if you had a little too much to drink and you fall in the water, your chances of getting back in the boat are greatly reduced."

People caught boating and drinking can be fined around $450 dollars for the first offense, and it goes up even more after that.

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  • by t Location: cf on Jun 27, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    This is all about keeping yourself and others safe, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that no matter what vehicle you are using at the time, know the rules of the "road" and keep it at a safe limit. It makes a difference between having a great day or being in a horrible accident, which do you choose?
  • by anon Location: western wisconsin on Jun 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    keep them "shelf" safe, looks like some people even comment while drunk!!
  • by Insider Location: Wisconsin on Jun 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    Sad but very true.They know where and when the rest are going to be around so they protest each other.I know this for a fact.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2010 at 02:46 AM
    never stops amazing me how people can twist things around and blame cops....just dont get it
  • by anonymous Location: eau claire on Jun 25, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    cops - Oh, please, give us some "inside" information . . . how do the cops keeps them "shelves" from getting a ticket?
  • by cops Location: earth on Jun 25, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    cops are the worst on drinking while on a boat and doing things that relate to having fun,I have partyed with cops and they have all the information to keep them shelf safe from getting a ticket...
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