This year, June 29-July 1, 2018, has been designated as Operation Dry Water weekend.
Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Patrol’s participation in Operation Dry Water. Operation Dry Water is in its 10th year and Missouri has participated since the program’s inception. This national campaign includes marine law enforcement officers from all 50 states and six U.S. territories. Officers will coordinate special patrols to keep Missouri waterways safe from boaters operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This year, June 29-July 1, 2018, has been designated as Operation Dry Water weekend.
Last year, 628 local, state, and federal agencies participated in a weekend long event of heightened BWI enforcement known as Operation Dry Water. Officers removed 518 intoxicated boat operators from the water. In addition, law enforcement officers made contact with 243,853 boaters concerning BWI or boating safety enforcement and awareness.
Operation Dry Water weekend takes place near July Fourth, a holiday known for an increase in alcohol related boating crashes. Boating under the influence continues to be a leading factor in crashes and deaths on our nation’s waterways according to recently released U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. Missouri boat operators are reminded that a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater will lead to an arrest for boating while intoxicated. Intoxicated boat operators endanger themselves, their passengers, and other boaters utilizing our many waterways.