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Law enforcement to monitor for impaired boaters this holiday weekend

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff’s Office plans to join the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and others in the annual Operation Dry Water campaign during the holiday weekend.

The campaign's goal is to educate boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During the Operation Dry Water three-day enforcement weekend, July 3-5, boaters will see an increase in outreach, education and enforcement surrounding boating under the influence.

“Staying sober while boating is a critical part of boating safely. Boaters should also take a boating safety education course prior to getting on the water and everyone on board should always wear a life jacket while near or on the water. We want all boaters to enjoy their time on the water in a way that allows everyone to return home safely” said Sheriff David Mahoney in a news release.

Outreach partners and volunteers will be out on the water and at marinas, working collaboratively with law enforcement to educate boaters about safe boating practices. Law enforcement will also be removing impaired operators from the water. No matter where you are boating, it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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