Operation Dry Water cracks down on impaired boating over holiday weekend

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Officials are cracking down on impaired boating through the holiday weekend, with full 24-hour patrols as part of Operation Dry Water.

The Operation is in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

“July 4th is one of the busiest days and weekends of the Rhode Island summer,” said DEM spokesman Jay Wegimont.

The three-day operation consists of safety checks and extra patrols on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard said alcohol usage is the number one leading cause of recreational boating deaths.

“Impairment can be even more dangerous for boaters than normal car drivers,” said Wegimont.

The DEM added that waters are more unpredictable than roads with currents, waves, the depth of the ocean, and high winds.

Operation Dry Water runs from July 2nd to July 4th. The DEM urged anyone on the water to be responsible and have a safe holiday weekend.

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