SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A program geared toward curbing alcohol abuse on boats will be in effect this weekend.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be actively engaged in Operation Dry Water from June 27-29. The campaign is a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the leading factor in boater deaths nationwide is alcohol use while boating. The goal of Operation Dry Water is to focus on increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and checkpoints.
Classes are also being taught on boat safety.
Last year’s Operation Dry Water contacted boaters on 456 vessels, making 10 arrests for boating under the influence.
Along with cracking down on alcohol abuse in parks, officers are taking the weekend to educate the public on water safety.
Children under 10 years of age, on a boat smaller than 18 feet must wear a life-jacket at all times.