Colorado Parks and Wildlife will participate in a nationwide effort to reduce drunk-boating this weekend by conducting “Operation Dry Water.” CPW spokesperson Randy Hampton says that the mission of Operation Dry Water is to bring awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water. Hampton stresses that CPW officers will be out in full force attempting to detect skippers whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08.
Hampton adds that operating a vessel under the influence continues to be the primary factor in recreational boating fatalities. According to state records, approximately 50-percent of accidents in Colorado waterways, and 24-percent of non-fatal boat accidents involved impaired operators.
Operation Dry Water is a joint effort by CPW, State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard.