The Missouri State Highway Patrol will enact “Operation Dry Water” next weekend.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Captain Tim Hull:

Tim Hull

Press Release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol

Colonel Ronald K. Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Patrol’s participation in Operation Dry Water.  Operation Dry Water is a national campaign in which marine law enforcement officers from across the country coordinate special patrols during the last weekend in June to achieve a high visibility of boating under the influence enforcement. Troopers will focus their efforts over the weekend of June 22-24, 2012, to detect and apprehend intoxicated operators.

Missouri boat operators found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% will be arrested for boating while intoxicated. A vessel operator with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a boating crash. Last year in Missouri, just over half of the fatal boating crashes had alcohol as a contributing factor.

Boating in Missouri is a fun and enjoyable experience for the vast majority of the boating public. To ensure the safety for all people on the water, boaters should designate a sober operator for their vessel anytime their plans include alcohol.