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Operation Dry Water kicks off this weekend

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OLYMPIA, Wash., -- Washington law enforcement officers will be out in force June 22, 23 and 24 for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign to detect and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws on the state's waterways.

The campaign focuses on preventing accidents, injuries and deaths resulting from people abusing alcohol or drugs while operating boats. According to Washington State Parks Boating Programs, between 2007 and 2011, at least 30 people died in reportable boating accidents where alcohol use was a contributing factor.

The main focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the problem and get impaired boat operators off the water by actively enforcing the law that prohibits using alcohol and drugs while operating a boat. The goal of this nationwide effort is to influence boaters to make the decision to Boat Dry and to reinforce it with a zero tolerance enforcement policy.