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Law enforcement is out on the water

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PASCO, Wash.- Boaters are out on the water and so is law enforcement.

Friday June 25th is the first day of the national campaign Operation Dry Water.  Law enforcement is checking boaters for drinking and driving. 

The campaign started a year ago after 45 people were killed between 2004 and 2009 from alcohol related boating accidents. 

Deputy Mark Boyer says one alcoholic drink on water equals three on land.

Now drunk drivers are being stopped. 

Law enforcement says they are looking for boaters who are speeding, driving too close to shore or other vessels, and driving recklessly.

If you drink and drive you will be pulled over.  Law enforcement will give you a sobriety test.  If your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher than you will be arrested.

The campaign will continue through June 27th.