NORWALK, Conn. -- As the summer boating season gets into full swing, Norwalk police will be cracking down on people boating under the influence this weekend as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.
Between Friday, June 26 and Sunday, June 28, members of the Norwalk Police Department Marine Unit will be out in full force, conducting high-visibility enforcement. They will be looking for boaters operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and removing them from the water.
"It is our job as law enforcement to identify and remove drunk or impaired boaters from the water so that everyone else can continue to have an enjoyable boating season, and not become a victim of boating under the influence. Protecting the public goes to the heart of our mission," said Sgt. Terry Blake.
"Our agency is participating in Operation Dry Water, and joining thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide, to decrease the number of accidents and deaths that come as a result of boaters who choose to drink and boat."
In Connecticut it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, the same as it is to operate a car. Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, police said, and Norwalk police are reminding boaters to stay safe and stay sober. Boaters can expect to see more law enforcement presence and increased messaging about the dangers of boating under the influence this weekend.
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