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Operation Drywater-Boating Under the Influence Emphasis Patrol


June 28, 2010

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Jun 25, 26 and 27. This is a three-day national directed focus patrol for curbing the use of alcohol while operating a vessel and reducing the associated injuries and deaths. There are 23 agencies across the state that are also participating.

In our state, between 2004 and 2009, 45 people were killed in reported boating accidents where alcohol was involved. This patrol will educate the boating public of the consequences of impaired boating. Just like driving a car, the legal BAC limit is .08. The combination of alcohol, environmental effects (wind and sun) and motion of the boat amplifies the affects making the use of alcohol or drugs while boating extremely dangerous for all. We want people to go to the water, have fun and return home in a safe condition.

The U.S. Coast Guard still lists impaired vessel operation as a leading factor in fatality boating accidents. The statistics show 17 percent of boating fatalities are the result of impaired operators.

The Snohomish County Marine Services Unit has a zero tolerance for Boating under the Influence (BUI). We want people to enjoy the water; Don’t Drink and Boat.


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