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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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