OPERATION DRY WATER July 3 - 5, 2020
Published on May 17, 2020 at 02:36p.m.
Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is equally dangerous for the boat operator and for the boat passenger3. Operating a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries, death and legal consequences. In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. The Lantana Police Department reminds boaters to always boat sober and to wear a life jacket when on the water.
In 2019, 736 local, state, and federal agencies participated in Operation Dry Water. Over the three-day heightened awareness and enforcement weekend law enforcement officers contacted 271,286 boaters, made 563 BUI arrests, and issued 34,976 citations and warnings for safety violations.
84% of people who drowned in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket. Always wear a life jacket!