Law enforcement agencies to conduct on-the-water emphasis patrols Friday and Saturday

June 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 26, 2014

Law enforcement agencies in Washington state will participate in a national special emphasis campaign to target people who are operating boats while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Operation Dry Water campaign and emphasis patrols are June 27-29 throughout Washington and will focus on preventing injury and death in accidents resulting from boating under the influence.

The program is aimed at raising awareness of the problem and getting impaired boat operators off the water by actively enforcing the law that prohibits using alcohol and drugs while operating a boat, according to a news release from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Drinking and boating laws get tougher

July 30, 2013

New Boating Under the Influence laws went into effect July 28.

Under the laws, BUI is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail.

Law enforcement will be able to require operators suspected of BUI to take a breath or blood test. They will also have the authority to issue citations to vessel operators during the investigation of collisions and accidents they did not witness, thus holding negligent and reckless boaters more accountable.

The legal limit for BUI is .08 percent or under the influence and