CA (July 2, 2014) – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office
participated in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally
coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to
boating under the influence (BUI).
this three-day weekend, deputies were on the water reminding boaters about the
dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who were suspected
of being impaired. Officers focused their efforts on the Afterbay Recreation
under the influence continues to be a major problem nationwide. In fact, the
leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating1. By
participating in Operation Dry Water, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office
is doing our part to keep recreational boaters safe and reduce the number of accidents
and deaths related to alcohol or drug use.
agency encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season with friends and family,
and we also encourage you do it in a safe and responsible way,” says Sgt. Steve
Collins. “Drinking alcohol while on a boat can have serious, even deadly,
consequences, and our goal is to make sure everyone is enjoying their time on
the water and staying safe.”
In California boaters whose blood alcohol content
(BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can
expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties including having
your vessel impounded, payment of fines, jail time and loss of boating or even
driving privileges. Operation Dry Water patrols included saturation patrols as
well as boater education and outreach.
is a joint program of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the National
Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard,
California State Parks and U. S. Fish and Wildlife.
a result of our efforts over 200 vessels and 400 boaters were contacted, 1 BUI
arrest, 1 drunk in public arrest and over 51 citations and warnings were
issued. (These statistics don’t include California State Parks enforcement
will be looking for those indications of boating under the influence this 4th
of July weekend on the Sacramento River, the Afterbay and on Lake Oroville with
zero tolerance for BUI violations. If you are going to be drinking alcohol and
operating a watercraft we will be looking for you. Be smart and don’t operate a
vessel if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit operationdrywater.org.