APRA HARBOR, Guam-The U.S. Coast Guard and the Guam Police Department are partnering in the fourth annual nationwide boating under the influence education, detection and enforcement campaign running through the month of July.
A national initiative, Operation Dry Water key principles are education and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities, primarily amongst recreational boaters.
“Dry Water is normally a single weekend, but with a number of significant holidays and events in July on Guam, we have joined with Guam Police Department to increase our enforcement operations throughout the entire month,” said Lt. j.g. Rich Russell, Enforcement Chief for Sector Guam.
Boating under the influence is dangerous and illegal. Alcohol continues to be a leading cause in recreational boating related accidents, injuries and deaths. In the past five years, there have been 778 total alcohol-related boating deaths across the nation.
Coast Guard and Guam Police will be patrolling areas throughout Guam, conducting boating safety checks and sobriety tests. Anyone found to be intoxicated could have their voyage terminated, receive a civil fine or be arrested.
Coast Guard Sector Guam reminds mariners: be a responsible vessel operator, boat safe, don’t drink and operate a vessel.
For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit: http://www.operationdrywater.org/ (USCG)