Operation Dry Water and B.U.I.’s
This article was published on: 06/26/16 8:21 PM by Curt
Connecticut DEEP Environmental Conservation Police have joined the nationwide initiative to combat boating and drinking via “Operation Dry Water” on Connecticut waterways. Conservation police do not need probable cause to stop your boat and investigate as they are authorized to perform safety checks as necessary.
Operation Dry Water will include spot checks on boats and personal watercraft, looking for safety violations, good operating conditions, and ensuring that there are enough life jackets on board for the number of people on the vessel, and that anyone under 13 years of age is wearing the life jacket at all times. The main focus is checking for boaters who might be operating under the influence of alcohol.
In the last year, Connecticut had six boating fatalities. Of the 61 fatalities in the past decade, 43% were alcohol related.
Boating and drinking is legal in Connecticut and open containers for both the driver and passengers are allowed, but the legal limit for boating is the same as driving, 0.08%. Anyone issued a BUI, or boating under the influence, will face fines and temporarily lose their boating license.