Annual crackdown on impaired boating is underway

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – An annual national campaign to discourage impaired boating is underway this weekend.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is partnering with the Coast Guard and other agencies for Operation Dry Water. DEM law enforcement officers will conducting increased patrols this weekend and keep their eyes peeled for boaters who are under the influence.

According to the Coast Guard, fifteen percent of all boating deaths nationwide are attributable to alcohol use.

DEM officials said that during last year’s event, officers arrested three people for boating while intoxicated.