Law enforcement watching for intoxicated boaters

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation police this weekend plan to step up enforcement against boaters under the influence.

EnCon police will join with the U.S. Coast Guard and state and local police for participation in “Operation Dry Water,” patrolling the waters through Sunday and checking boaters for intoxication. Like motor vehicle operators, a boater is considered under the influence in Connecticut if their blood alcohol content exceeds 0.08 percent.

Operation Dry Water will include an increase in statewide patrols and check points, along with boater education efforts.

Penalties for boating under the influence include fines, possible prison and loss of boating privileges.

Between 2008 and 2012, 18 of 38 reported fatal boating accidents, or 47 percent, were alcohol-related, and 18 percent of the 105 boating injuries involved alcohol.

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