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Greenwich Police Focus On Boating Under The Influence

Greenwich police will take part in Operation Dry Water, an effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence.
Greenwich police will take part in Operation Dry Water, an effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich Police Department will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 26-28, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence.

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, according to a press release.

The leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating, according to a press release.

"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 of the Greenwich police in a press release. "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 water and staying safe.”

In Connecticut, boaters whose blood alcohol content level exceeds the state limit of 0.08 percent can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties, including having their vessel impounded, fines and jail.

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of The Greenwich Police Department, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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