Being Safe on Arkansas Waters

Kerry Kraus


If you’re thinking about imbibing while boating on Arkansas waters, think again – especially this weekend. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers, who are licensed law enforcement agents, are conducting Operation Dry Water 2010 June 25-27.

Alcohol impairs boaters the same way it does drivers. According to AGFC Boating Law Administrator Stephanie Weatherington, “It’s no different than driving a car under the influence. When you’re driving a boat you’re putting both yourself and others in danger.” AGFC wildlife officers are on the lookout for boat operators whose blood alcohol concentration exceeds the national limit of .08 percent. Officials say there will be zero tolerance for BUI drivers.

The nationwide Operation Dry Water  event is a partnership between National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the United States Coast Guard. All 50 states are participating in the event.

Help keep Arkansas’s popular lakes and rivers a safe and fun place to be this summer. Don’t drink and boat!

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