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Operation Dry Water (ODW) heightened awareness and enforcement weekend is June 30 – July 2, 2017 with the goal of removing impaired operators from the water and raising awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence.

U.S. Coast Guard data reveal that alcohol use remains the primary known contributing factor recreational boater deaths.

The campaign takes place nationally and is making a positive impact on impaired boating, thanks to the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of StateBoating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the U.S. CoastGuard as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • Agencies from all 56 U.S. states, trusts and territories are expected to participate in Operation Dry Water 2017 and in the ODW 2017 heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, June 30 – July 2.
  • Launched in 2009 by NASBLA in partnership with the United States CoastGuard, Operation Dry Water has been a highly successful campaign, drawing public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol and drugs.
  • Since the inception of the Operation Dry Water Campaign in 2009, lawenforcement officers have removed 2,520 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with over 860,400 boaters during the annual three-day weekend. The campaign continues to make a significant impact on boater safety and spreading the message of the danger of boating under theinfluence.

The Operation Dry Water outreach and awareness portion of the campaign is in effect year-round. Through the outreach efforts of NASBLA, the U.S.Coast Guard, and the participating law enforcement agencies nationwide, Operation Dry Water focuses on spreading awareness of the danger of boating under the influence as well as changing the cultural acceptance of drinking and boating.

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