"Operation Dry Water" To Focus On Area Lakes
KSAL Staff - Tue 08:04 AM 06/19/2012
Game Wardens from Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Park Rangers, Army Corps of Engineer Rangers, and Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers will join forces this weekend to enforce Boating Under the Influence and Driving Under the Influence laws as part of a national effort.
According to the Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Department, Kansas will participate in "Operation Dry Water".
Operation Dry Water is an education and enforcement weekend aimed at reducing alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities both on the road and on the water. Held each year during the weekend before the 4th of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with states, the U.S. Coast Guard and other partner organizations.
According to the agency, Boating Under the Influence, or BUI, is a primary contributing factor in nearly 1 in 5 boating fatalities nationwide. Kansas has gotten tougher in recent years in enforcing laws against this high-risk behavior.
This past month over a third of the Kansas Game Wardens were trained in new detection methods that utilize a standardized field sobriety test developed for marine use under a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard. Last year Kansas Game Wardens made 34 BUI arrest and 15 drug arrest.
The agency sends this message: Alcohol and boat operations DO NOT MIX. If you drive impaired on the road or on the water you will be arrested and face penalties that include fines, jail, and loss of boating privileges.
Game Wardens and Corps Rangers will work together patrolling Kanopolis and Wilson Reservoir on the weekend of June 23 enforcing BUI on the waters. KHP Troopers and Park Rangers will patrol the roads around these parks enforcing DUI laws.
This effort is timed to give BUI/DUI enforcement high visibility before the Fourth of July, traditionally one of the busiest recreational boating weekends of the summer.