The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Twin Lakes Police Department, the Wisconsin DNR, and other local law enforcement agencies will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI).
During this three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired. Boating under the influence continues to be major problem nationwide. In fact, the leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating.
Sheriff David Beth, who is an avid boater, personal water craft operator and water skier, said:
“I would like to insure a great time for everyone enjoying the lakes of Kenosha County.”
Twin Lakes Water Patrol Supervisor Don Jensen said:
“One intoxicated boater can bring tragedy to a time of fun in the sun. Intoxicated boaters can harm themselves, passengers, or water skiers.”
In Wisconsin boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI. Penalties for BUI include fines, jail, alcohol/drug assessment and completion of a boating safety course. Operation Dry Water patrols will include increased patrols as well as boater education and outreach. Operation Dry Water is a joint program of Wisconsin DNR and law enforcement agencies, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit operationdrywater.org.