RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2011) – This weekend is Operation Dry Water, a nationwide initiative to keep waterways safe and raise awareness among boaters about the dangers of operating a boat while impaired.
Held each year during the weekend before the July 4th holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, assisted by partner law enforcement agencies, leading the North Carolina campaign.
This year in North Carolina, Operation Dry Water will be incorporated into an ongoing “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, which combines law enforcement resources to help everyone travel safely on highways and waterways during the summer months.
“We want people to enjoy their boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “That means preventing injuries and being responsible for your vessel and your passengers.”
Drinking, even at levels below legal intoxication, affects the skills necessary to operate any vessel, including:
- Peripheral vision and ability to focus
- Judgment and rational decision-making
- Balance and equilibrium
- Coordination and reaction time
For more information on safe recreational boating in North Carolina, click here or call 919-707-0031.