Recapping Operation Dry Water Weekend

A nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence yielded five BUI of alcohol violations in North Dakota.

Jackie Lundstrom, state Game and Fish Department’s enforcement division operations supervisor, said Operation Dry Water weekend, held June 30 – July 2, is designed for a heightened enforcement effort directed at boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach.

“This year, the weather was perfect for boaters to get out and enjoy the water,” Lundstrom said. “Water enthusiasts across the state mentioned they had heard we were conducting the operation and they appreciated our efforts.”

Altogether, wardens checked 3,905 boaters and 1,428 vessels, with 222 citations issued. Of that, 175 were boating citations.

“Our hope is that this event helps reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on waterways,” Lundstrom said.