Monday, December 11, 2023

Police Participate in ‘Operation Dry Water’ to Stop Boating Under the Influence

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JAMES CITY COUNTY — James City County Police (JCCPD) has announced that it is partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard to participate in the national Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend.

(Courtesy of James City County Police Department)

During Operation Dry Water, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies will increase Boating Under the Influence (BUI) enforcement during the three-day holiday weekend, July 2-4. The goal of the campaign is to increase public awareness of the dangers of BUI-related incidents, as well as increase boaters’ safety.

According to a release from JCCPD, the department will be working to increase public awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for both operators and passengers throughout the July 4 holiday weekend.

As a result, local boaters may notice an increase in officer patrols on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints this weekend. However, Operation Dry Water doesn’t end after Independence Day.

According to JCCPD, Operation Dry Water is a year-round boating under the influence and enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related incidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by showing a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

For more information on the awareness campaign please visit Operation Dry Water’s website.

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