Authorities watching for drunk boaters on Nevada waterways
June 29, 2018
California and Nevada authorities will be on the lookout for drunken boaters this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water.
"Alcohol use is a leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, and is one of the top reasons for recreational boating accidents in general," said Nevada Game Warden Capt. David Pfiffner, Nevada's boating law administrator.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife will have officers on every major body of water across the state, and other law enforcement agencies are adding extra officers to many waterways in other parts of the state.
Douglas County's Marine 7 will be out on the lake as part of the effort to detect impaired boaters and educate the public about boating under the influence.
In 2017, the leading cause of boater deaths, 19 percent, were attributed to alcohol use.
"Every boat operator makes a conscious choice when they decide to drink and operate a vessel," said Pfiffner. "Boating under the influence is a 100 percent preventable crime. The purpose of Operation Dry Water is to encourage boaters to stay sober while boating."
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