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Operation Dry Water — A Campaign to Stem the Tide of Boating Under the Influence

This weekend, Greenwich Marine Police will be out in force as part of a national campaign to stem the tide of drinking while boating.

Greenwich Marine Police. Photo: Barbara Heins.
Greenwich Marine Police. Photo: Barbara Heins.

The Greenwich Police Department will be participating in Operation Dry Water beginning Friday, June 27 and continuing through Sunday, June 29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths caused by boating under the influence (BUI). 

During this three-day weekend, officers of the Marine Section will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired. Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the Greenwich Police Department Marine Section the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

"Our agency encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season with friends and family, and we also encourage you do it in a safe and responsible way,” Police Chief James Heavey said in a statement. “Drinking alcohol while on a boat can have serious, even deadly, consequences, and our goal is to make sure everyone is enjoying their time on the Long Island Sound and staying safe.”  

In Connecticut, boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of [.08] can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties including. Operation Dry Water patrols will include increased patrols as well as boater education and outreach.   

For more information on Operation Dry Water, log on to operationdrywater.org

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