Grant County Sheriff's marine enforcement will be cracking down on boating under the influence (BUI) offenders for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign June 28, 29 and 30, .
The campaign will increase patrols at Grant County lakes and the Columbia River. Patrols will not only include serious penalties for boaters under the influence, but deputies will also check for proper boater education cards.
"There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence," says Sheriff Tom Jones. "We want boaters to enjoy themselves, but there will be zero tolerance for BUI.”
Operation Dry Water, coordinated by Washington State Parks, began in 2009 by state and local marine law enforcement agencies in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. The campaign will put marine law enforcement officers on the water around the nation in hopes of reducing the amount of boating under the influence accidents.
The goal of Operation Dry is to reduce the number of fatalities by increasing the visibility of BUI enforcement during the last weekend in June.