MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The village of Mamaroneck Police Department will be participating in Operation Dry Water from Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI).
During the 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.
"Our agency encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season with friends and family, and we also encourage them to do it in a safe and responsible way,” says Chief Christopher Leahy. “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 New York, 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, payment of fines, jail time and loss of boating or even driving privileges.
Operation Dry Water patrols will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and checkpoints as well as boater education and outreach.
Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard.
For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit operationdrywater.org.