Extra patrols focusing on impaired boaters
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence.
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.
Sheriff Rick Scott told KXRO that this program is not new to the area, and so far it has made an influence.
Boating under the influence continues to be major problem nationwide. The leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating.
Scott says that while it is a familiar sight to see someone drinking while out on local waters, and they are hoping to curb that practice.
In Washington, boaters whose blood alcohol content level exceeds the state limit of 0.08 or have a THC blood concentration of 5.00 nanograms or are impaired and can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other penalties including having your vessel impounded, payment of fines, jail time or both fines and jail time.
Operation Dry Water patrols will include increased patrols, as well as boater education and outreach.
For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit operationdrywater.org.