According to newly released data from the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use was the leading factor in nearly one-fourth of recreational boating deaths (21%) in 2014. Additionally, alcohol use remains the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
To help raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and boating, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard launched Operation Dry Water in 2009.
This year-round, nationwide boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign was designed with the mission of reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.
Operation Dry Water continues to grow each year. In 2014, 585 local, state and federal agencies joined forces in every U.S. state and territory for the campaign’s annual heightened awareness and enforcement weekend and removed 318 intoxicated boaters from our nation’s waterways.
This year’s heightened enforcement weekend takes place June 26-28. Visit www.OperationDryWater.org for more information.