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BUI crackdowns

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash.-- Sunday was the last day of Operation Dry Water an annual weekend campaign to cut down on boating under the influence.

Both Friday and Saturday there wasn't a single BUI. Deputies believe it's because of the recent rainy weather. During summer months the local law enforcement agencies typically have at least one BUI every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Devon Alder says boating safety is just as important as driving safety.

"We hope everybody is coming out here to have fun. We're not saying you can't have fun out in the water. Just be responsible. Have somebody designated. Just like a designated driver, have a designated boat operator," says Alder. 

Law enforcement says they have zero tolerance for drunk boating. In the past four years at least thirty people in Washington died from boating accidents when alcohol was involved.