Increased Enforcement of Boating Under the Influence this Weekend across Nation
Written by jordanmckamey on July 2, 2019
To keep boaters safe on the water for Independence Day, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department asks adults to be mindful of alcohol consumption. Alcohol use is a leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and boating crashes. As of July 1, 2019, the blood alcohol concentration limit of someone operating motorized boats is 0.08 percent, the same as operating a motor vehicle.
Game and Fish encourages boaters to avoid drinking alcohol while on the water or operating a boat after you have consumed alcohol. Use of both legal and illegal drugs also impairs judgment and reaction time and makes it dangerous to operate a boat.
To encourage safety, Game and Fish is participating in the annual Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, July 5-7. This three-day weekend is a national weekend of increased enforcement of boating-under-the-influence laws and recreational boater outreach. Law enforcement officers contacted 201,888 boaters, made 494 BUI arrests and issued 26,565 citations and warnings for safety violations.