Ga. authorities targeting boaters under the influence

ATLANTA — Georgia authorities this weekend will be taking part in Operation Dry Water, an enforcement initiative aimed at cracking down on people who boat while intoxicated.

Officers will be conducting checkpoints and “concentrated patrols” at undisclosed locations on waterways statewide looking for boaters with a Blood Alcohol Content above the state limit of .10 percent.

“We will be doing concentrated safety patrols and checks while trying to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of Boating Under the Influence (BUI),” Department of Natural Resources Capt. Mike England said in a news release.

“There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence,” England added. “We want recreational boaters to enjoy themselves, but there will be zero tolerance for BUI.”

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) launched Operation Dry Water in 2009. The U.S. Coast Guard is also participating in the initiative.

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