Throughout the summer months the Indiana State Police and Indiana
Conservation Officers will participate in many extra patrols to target
Troopers will focus on the impaired drivers of motor vehicles, while Indiana
Conservation Officers will take to the waterways and seek impaired boat
Remember, whether you are operating a motor vehicle or a motor boat while
under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is all illegal and dangerous.
Watch a video detailing the joint effort at Youtube.com/idnrvideos.
From June 28 to 30, Indiana Conservation Officers will join a national
campaign--Operation Dry Water (ODW)--aimed at creating a heightened public
awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
is a nationwide education and enforcement initiative developed by the
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in
partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Since ODW launched in 2009, the percentage of boating fatalities in the U.S.
in which alcohol is listed as a contributing factor has decreased from 19
percent to 17 percent. Despite the decrease, boating while intoxicated (BWI)
accounts for a disproportionate number of on-the-water deaths. In 2011,
alcohol was a contributing factor in just 8 percent of boating accidents
overall but figured in 17 percent of boating fatalities.
In Indiana, the blood-alcohol limit for boat operators is the same as for
vehicle drivers: 0.08. However, studies show that boat operators become
impaired by alcohol sooner than people on land because of the motion of the
boat, the glare and heat of the sun, and dehydration from sweating.
Boat operators convicted of boating while intoxicated can lose their boat
operating and vehicle driving privileges, and face jail time and fees.
According to Indiana Conservation Officers, the safest plan is to have a
designated boat operator who is not drinking alcohol.
Citizens often report intoxicated boaters to authorities, which demonstrates
an increased public awareness that law-abiding boaters are concerned about
“Keeping our lakes, rivers and reservoirs safe takes an effort from all of
us, and we appreciate the efforts of our safe boaters,” said Lt. Kenton
Turner, boating law administrator for the DNR Division of Law Enforcement.