'Operation Dry Water' Cracks Down On Boating Under The Influence

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If you've had too much to much to drink while operating a boat, a simple ride can easily turn into trouble.

"We don't want to convey that people can't go out and have fun on the water, but they can definitely do it safely without consuming a bunch of alcohol," said Petty Officer First Class Troy Siver of the U.S. Coast Guard.

To make sure people are being safe, the U.S. Coast Guard at Alexandria Bay and other local law enforcement agencies are participating in Operation Dry Water, the nation's boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign.

The campaign goes from June 27 through 29.

"I know in the early 2000's it's been a problem until we really started to get out here and really started to crack down on it. I think we've done a good job doing that," said Dan Kelley, Petty Officer Second Class.

To make sure people are being safe boats will be stopped randomly.

"Once you have your initial contact with the person, that's when you're going to have the best idea of whether they had something to drink that night," said Kelley.

If officers think you have had something to drink, they may conduct a field sobriety test to see if your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher.

Friday, August 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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