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Green Bay Police Department
Friday June 29th, 2018 :: 08:04 a.m. CDT


Operation Dry Water Starts Today!

With boating under the influence continuing to be a major factor in accidents and deaths on our nation’s waterways, the Green Bay Police Department Marine Unit is participating in Operation Dry Water, a national BUI awareness and enforcement campaign.

Officers will be on the water providing heightened enforcement and awareness about the dangers of drinking while boating. Operation Dry Water 2018 heightened awareness and enforcement three-day weekend is June 29 – July 1, just before the Fourth of July – a holiday known for drinking and boating, and deadly accidents.

The Green Bay Police Department Marine Unit will be on the Fox River during various times this weekend looking for boaters under the influence. Before your go boating, we encourage you to know these alarming statistics.

• Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths; in 2016, boaters impaired by alcohol were a factor in 15 percent of boating fatalities.
• BUI is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is against Wisconsin law.
• Boating under the influence applies to drugs, as well as alcohol. Even some prescription medications can make operating a recreational vessel unsafe. Check with your doctor about the effects of any medications you may be taking.
• Penalties for BUI include fines, jail, alcohol/drug assessment and completion of a boating safety course.
• Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
• Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion – "stressors" common to the boating environment – intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.
• Alcohol use is dangerous for passengers too. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening accidents.

With the anticipate temperatures expected to be high, we also stress the importance of taking the appropriate measures to protect yourself from the heat. On behalf of the Green Bay Police Department, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable weekend and upcoming holiday.

Green Bay Police Department
307 South Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 920-448-3200

Kevin Warych

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