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Memorial Day Talking Points 

May 24, 2018 

Memorial Day weekend is a major kick-off to the boating season in many parts of the country. As outreach and summer enforcement patrols increase, Operation Dry Water has compiled many useful resources to assist you in educating boaters about boating under the influence and boating safety.
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  • Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths and a major factor in accidents on the water.
     
  • Boating under the influence is illegal. Operating a boat with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is against federal law.

  • Alcohol use is dangerous for passengers too. Impairment can cause slips, falls over board and other dangerous accidents.

  • If you boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol you are endangering your life and the lives of others.

  • Alcohol use impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.

  • Sun, wind, noise, vibration and rocking of the boat are all “stressors” common to the boating environment. These stressors intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications. 

  • Operation Dry Water is a year-round boating under the influence awareness campaign.

  • Operation Dry Water heightened enforcement weekend will be June 29 - July 1, 2018.

  • The mission of Operation Dry Water is to decrease the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.


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There are additional talking points available for enforcement campaigns and awareness campaigns.


Operation Dry Water 2018 National Safe Boating Week Media Release
May 18, 2018
 

Operation Dry Water is proud to join boating safety advocates nationwide during National Safe Boating Week, May 19 – 25, to raise awareness about safe boating practices. National Safe Boating Week is observed to bring attention to important life-saving tips for recreational boaters so they can have a safe and enjoyable boating season.

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is a time to remember all who lost their lives while serving our country, but it is also a major holiday in recreational boating. Millions of boaters will take to the water Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the warmer weather and kick-off the boating season. Unfortunately alcohol use while boating continues to create havoc on the water, leading to many injuries, accidents and fatalities that could have been avoided.

Operation Dry Water 2018 PSA Released
May 10, 2018
 
Operation Dry Water has released their 2018 video public service announcement (PSA). The video tells the story of a family whose lives were forever changed after one person made the decision to operate a boat under the influence. The message of this PSA is that drinking and driving a boat effects more than just you. The decisions you make can impact others lives greatly.
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Share this message through your networks to remind boaters about the dangers of drinking and boating. Use #NeverBUI when sharing.
 
Operation Dry Water has produced multiple national PSAs. Please view and share these PSAs to help us raise awareness about the dangers and risks associated with boating under the influence. This year's PSA and all past PSAs can be viewed on Operation Dry Water's Vimeo channel
 

On the radio with Bob's No Wake Zone Boating Radio Show
May 5, 2018

Bob of Bob's No Wake Zone radio show  catches up with Hannah Helsby, NASBLA Communications Director and Operation Dry Water national spokesperson on what the campaign saw during Operation Dry Water 2017 and what we are looking forward to this year!
 
 

Results from ODW 2017 Heightened Enforcement Weekend

In 2017, 628 local, state and federal agencies joined forces in every U.S. state and territory for the Operation Dry Water campaign. Officers made contact with more than 243,000 boaters and made 518 arrests for boating under the influence (BUI) over a period of three days.

The campaign’s mission and the mission of law enforcement involved, is to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and to facilitate heightened boating under the influence enforcement just before a holiday known for drinking, boating, and fatal accidents. Full press release.
 
Over the course of the Operation Dry Water weekend 6,937 officers:
  • Made 518 BUI arrests for both drugs and alcohol
  • Issued 33,243 citations and safety warnings
  • Made 97,557 vessel contacts
  • Contacted 243,853 boaters

Results from ODW 2016 Heightened Enforcement Weekend

In 2016, 538 local, state and federal agencies joined forces in every U.S. state and territory for the Operation Dry Water campaign. Officers made contact with more than 130,000 boaters and made 367 arrests for boating under the influence (BUI) over a period of three days.

The campaign’s mission and the mission of law enforcement involved, is to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and to facilitate heightened boating under the influence enforcement just before a holiday known for drinking, boating, and fatal accidents. Full press release.

Over the course of the Operation Dry Water weekend 6,196 officers:
  • Made 367 BUI arrests for both drugs and alcohol
  • Issued 18,569 citations and safety warnings
  • Made 55,141 vessel contacts
  • Contacted 131,054 boaters

Save the Date: Operation Dry Water 2018

Heightened Awareness & Enforcement weekend June 29- July 1, 2018



Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. The mission of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

Operation Dry Water's heightened awareness and enforcement three-day weekend takes place annually just prior to July fourth, a holiday unfortunately known for  drinking and boating, and deadly accidents.

The 2018 heightened awareness and enforcement weekend will take place nationwide June 29 - July 1, 2018.

On the radio with Bob's No Wake Zone Boating Radio Show
February 27, 2016

Bob of Bob's No Wake Zone radio show catches up with John Fetterman, NASBLA Deputy Executive Director and Operation Dry Water national spokesperson on what the campaign saw during Operation Dry Water 2015 and what we are looking forward to this year!

Save the Date: Operation Dry Water 2016

Heightened Awareness & Enforcement weekend June 24-26, 2016

Jan 1, 2016
 
 

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national boating under the influence heightened enforcement campaign with the goal of removing impaired operators from the water and raising awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence. Annually, Operation Dry Water facilitates a three-day heightened enforcement weekend, targeting operators who choose to boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Operation Dry Water heightened awareness & enforcement weekend takes place June 24-26, 2016. This campaign takes places nationally and is made possible through the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Registration is now open for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that would like to participate in the 2016 Operation Dry Water awareness and enforcement campaign.
 
 

Results from ODW 2015 Heightened Enforcement Weekend

In 2015, 582 local, state and federal agencies joined forces in every U.S. state and territory for the Operation Dry Water campaign. Law enforcement was out in force across the country keeping the waters safe by simultaneously identifying and removing hundreds of impaired boaters from the waterways and educating recreational boaters one on one. Full press release.
 
Over the course of the Operation Dry Water weekend 6,605 officers:
  • Made 278 BUI arrests for both drugs and alcohol
  • Issued 17,942 citations and safety warnings
  • Made 57,402 vessel contacts
  • Contacted 125,087 boaters

Operation Dry Water 2015 taking place nationwide June 26-28
Nationwide crackdown on boating under the influence
June 18, 2015

Thousands of law enforcement officers across the United States will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws during the annual Operation Dry Water weekend, June 26-28. Operation Dry Water is a nationally coordinated heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, focused on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Video PSAs released for Operation Dry Water enforcement weekend
June 3, 2015

Operation Dry Water has released a public service announcement for 2015 that focuses on the campaign's heightened awareness and high-visibility enforcement weekend. The new PSA can be viewed and downloaded on at www.operationdrywater.org/psa or on the ODW Vimeo page.

Boat Sober, Save Lives
June 1, 2015 by Lita'Smith - Boating Times Long Island

Once we’re out on the water, our ear-locked shoulders relax and our oxygen levels become invigorated. Yet time spent boating could become more carefree if we were confident that other vessel operators were sober.

Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, but public service announcements and safety-conscious articles don’t seem to get through to boat pilots who irresponsibly believe that alcohol and boating go hand-in-hand. Such rash behavior endangers their safety and risks the lives of those aboard — along with those unlucky enough to be in their vicinity.  MORE

National Safe Boating Week -
Operation Dry Water campaign reminds boaters to stay safe by staying sober while boating

May 18, 2015

Operation Dry Water joins boating advocates in the United States and Canada who are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22. According to recently released U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Operation Dry Water, the national boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign, is spreading awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and asking boaters to stay safe by staying sober while boating.
 
National Safe Boating Week kicks off just as recreational boaters and law enforcement personnel are preparing for the start of the boating season. This week serves as a reminder to boaters that there are easy steps you can take to greatly increase the safety and enjoyment of your summer boating experience.
 
“We always ask boaters to remember The Big Three of recreational boating safety. This includes never consuming alcohol while boating, making sure everyone on the vessel is wearing a life jacket, and taking the time to participate in a boating safety course, either in person or online,” says John Fetterman, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Deputy Executive Director. “If boaters follow these three rules and practices, their chances of being involved in a boating accident drastically decrease.” Read the full press release

USCG Release 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics
May 13, 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard has released the 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics. There were 610 recreational boating fatalities in 2014, the second lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record.
  • Alcohol use was the the leading factor in nearly one-fourth of recreatonal boating deaths (21%) in 2014.
  • Alcohol use remains the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
  • When you consume alcohol while boating, your senses and judgment are seriously affected. Your reflexes, balance, coordination and alertness will deteriorate, along with your ability to deal with speed, other boats and threatening weather.
 

Operation Dry Water Launches New Website
April 1, 2015

The Operation Dry Water campaign has launches a new website design for 2015. While the design has changed, all of the resources that have previously been available are still available on the new website.

Participating law enforcement agencies can find campaign resources under the "Enforcement" section of the website. These resources include information on registration, the seated battery of standardized field sobriety testing, training, and campaign resources, including press releases, flyers, posters and more.

Many additional resources are available to boaters, media, news outlets and boating safety educators under the "Boaters" and "Resources" sections of the website.

Registration Open for Law Enforcement Agencies to Participate in Operation Dry Water 2015
March 24, 2015

Registration is now open for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that would like to participate in the 2015 Operation Dry Water outreach and enforcement campaign.

If you would like to register your agency to take part in Operation Dry Water 2015 you can register here.

What Would You Do Episode:
Drunken Father Insists on Driving His Wife, Son

March 9, 2015


Proposed legislation would put drunk-boating convictions on drivers' records
March 7, 2015

Come July 1, arrests for drunk boating might be interchangeable with arrests for drunk driving.
State Sen. Thad Altman (R-Cape Canaveral) and Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) filed companion bills this week that would treat convictions for boating under the influence as convictions for driving under the influence and vice versa. If the bills pass and are signed into law, BUIs would be reported to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and show up on a driving record.
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Wildlife Commission Public Information Officer Recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving 
Feb 19, 2015

Congratulations to Geoff Cantrell, public information officer for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, who was presented with the “Heart of MADD” award by Mothers Again Drunk Driving.

The “Heart of MADD” award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in prevention of underage drinking and impaired driving. Cantrell was instrumental in the development and coordination of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. What started as a partnership with Wildlife Commission law enforcement officers and the State Highway Patrol is now recognized as a model partnership program throughout the nation.
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Michigan lowers BUI legal limit
Jan. 5, 2015


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws subjecting boaters and to the same blood-alcohol limit as drivers.The measures set the legal limit at 0.08 percent instead of 0.10 percent. MORE
 

Senator hops on board bill to punish drunk boaters: Bill would put BUI offenses on driving records
Jan. 30, 2015

Senator Thad Altman, R-Cape Canaveral, filed a bill in the Senate that would make a boating under the influence (BUI) offense count against a driver's license in Florida. The bill is similar to the one filed in the House by Representative Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart.

"I think it’s logical, and I think it will save human lives," said Altman. "If a person has a drinking and driving problem in a motor vehicle, they are surely at a higher risk to drink and drive a motor vessel.” MORE
 

Save the Date: Operation Dry Water 2015
Heightened Awareness & Enforcement weekend June 26-28, 2015

Jan 1, 2015


 
Operation Dry Water is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign with the mission of reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

Operation Dry Water's heightened awareness and enforcement three-day weekend takes place annually, the weekend prior the the July fourth, a holiday unfortunately known for  drinking and boating, and deadly accidents. The 2015 Operation Dry Water weekend of heightened BUI awareness and enforcement will take place nationwide June 26-28, 2015.
 

Operation Dry Water 2014 Results
Nov. 19, 2014

Increased participation leads to increased boater outreach during national BUI awareness and enforcement campaign