Greenwich Police will be participating in “Operation Dry Water” from Friday June 26 to Sunday, June 28, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI).
During this three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired.
Boating under the influence continues to be major problem nationwide. In fact, the leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating. By participating in Operation Dry Water, The Greenwich Police Department is doing our part to keep recreational boaters safe and reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to alcohol or drug use.
“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,” said Lt. John Brown. “Our goal is to make sure everyone is enjoying their time on the water 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 having your vessel impounded, payment of fines, and even jail time. Operation Dry Water will include increased patrols as well as boater education and outreach.
Operation Dry Water is a joint program of The Greenwich Police Department the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit operationdrywater.org.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, NASBLA affects the lives of over 76 million American boaters.
The United States Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation’s five armed services. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports, and inland waterways.