Williston, Vt. - Vermont State Police says June 30 through July 2 is Operation Dry Water weekend.
Authorities say Operation Dry Water is a national effort to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence. The goal of Operation Dry Water is to have less accidents and deaths on the waterways from incidents with drugs and alcohol.
"Recreational boating is a fun and enjoyable activity. Consuming alcohol while on the water can hinder that experience and create a dangerous scenario for you, your friends and family, and others on the water,” says Sergeant Trevor Carbo, Marine Division Commander.
“Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time on the water just as is does when driving a car, even more so because of the added stressors of sun, heat, wind, noise and the vibrations of the boat. The Vermont State Police wants everyone to have a great summer on the water, and to do that you’ve got to stay safe and stay sober while underway,” added Carbo.
Officials offer the following tips on how to stay safe on the water.
- Boat sober. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths*. Alcohol and drugs use impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.
- Wear your life jacket. 83% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket*.
- Take a boating safety education course. 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction, where instruction was known*.
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