Marine patrol crackdown on impaired boaters this weekend

Ottawa County Marine law enforcement officers will participate in Operation Dry Water and will be out on the water on Saturday looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state level. Operation Dry Water includes increased marine patrols, as well as boater education. Impaired boaters can expect penalties such as, fines, jail and loss of boating privileges.
Jun 23, 2011


“We intend to stop intoxicated boaters and to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of boating under the influence (BUI),” said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Keith Koeman. 

A boat operator or passenger with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a boating accident, Koeman said. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more likely and more deadly for passengers and boat operators, many of whom capsize their vessel or simply fall overboard. 

Boating under the influence is a primary contributing factor in nearly one in five boating fatalities nationwide. Boaters found operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration of  .08 percent or higher will find their voyage terminated and will have their vessel impounded, Koeman said.


To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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