for the Independence Day holiday should be aware that Indiana Conservation
Officers will be on high alert for violations of boating-under-the-influence
laws as part of national Operation Dry Water.
Conservation Officers, in partnership with the National Association of State
Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, will focus on educating
boaters about safe boating practices, including keeping alcohol off the
boat, for both operators and passengers.
officers will be on the lookout for impaired boaters. Boaters will notice an
overall increase in patrols, both on the water and at recreational boating
checkpoints, to remove dangerous and impaired boaters from the waterways.
Operating a vessel
under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water,
and can lead to serious injuries and consequences.
In Indiana it is
illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08
percent or higher, the same B.A.C. for land vehicles.
Conservation Officers remind boaters to always boat sober and to wear a life
jacket when on the water.