Operation aims to stop drunk boaters

State and federal officials are targeting boating under the influence with the July 4 holiday just around the corner.

The U.S. Coast Guard and state Department of Land and Natural Resources are preparing to launch Operation Dry Water 2022, an education, detection and enforcement event held annually to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents, injuries and deaths among recreational boaters.

The operation will implement heightened enforcement and awareness through the efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on Maui, Oahu and Kauai, the Coast Guard said in a news release Thursday. The Coast Guard’s Small Boat Station Maui will be participating in the event.

“Boating under the influence of alcohol continues to be the leading contributing factor in recreational boating-related deaths,” said Chief Warrant Officer Omar Perez, Sector Honolulu’s command security officer. “Our goal of lowering these numbers through education and enforcement is essential through Operation Dry Water.”

During last year’s three-day initiative, maritime law enforcement officers made a total of 638 arrests for boating under the influence nationwide.


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