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Dozens of boaters cited during crackdown on James, York rivers

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries police officers netted 38 citations on the water during Operation Dry Water last year. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries police officers issued 38 citations during Operation Dry Water this year. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has released the results from its water patrols last weekend.

Called Operation Dry Water, the VDGIF issued 38 citations — including four boating under the influence violations — and 50 boating safety warnings while patrolling the James and York rivers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s a full breakdown of the weekend’s results:

  • Number of officers during Operation Dry Water: 14
  • Number of boaters contacted: 583
  • Number of citations issued: 38
  • Number of boating under the influence violations: 4
  • Highest blood alcohol level: 0.15 percent
  • Number of boating safety warnings: 50
  • Other violations: 125

The VDGIF, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and other state agencies joined forces to conduct the operation.

Fines for boating while intoxicated include up to a year in jail and fines up to $2,500. First-time offenders may lose their boating privileges for up to a year.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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