DNR: Boozing and boating don't mix

9:22 AM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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Water Safety 101

MINNEAPOLIS - Nothing says Minnesota summertime like boats on a lake. But the DNR, along with several other agencies, is sending out a warning: boating and boozing don't mix.

"We have zero tolerance for anyone that is operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Capt. Greg Salo of the DNR enforcement division.

Impaired boating is one of the leading factors for boating accidents and injuries in the state, according to Salo. Last year more than 150 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated, and of those arrests 36 happened on the July 4th weekend. There were 12 fatal boating accidents in 2012, four of which happened while the operator was under the influence.

This weekend the DNR launched "Operation Dry Water" in hopes of making 2013 a safe one.

"So far this year we're coming into it with zero fatalities or injuries and that's what we're trying to push through the rest of the summer is to keep the water safe for everyone to enjoy," Salo said.

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