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5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 21, 2012

Contact: PADET Atlantic City

Office: (609) 813-3889

Coast Guard law enforcement officers gear up for 2012 Operation Dry Water in NJ, Philadelphia area

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to partner with local and state law enforcement agencies to provide an increased presence on the water Friday through Sunday in support of Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water 2012 is an annual nationwide campaign focused on the enforcement of boating under the influence laws and educating boaters of the risks of operating a boat under the influence.

Last year, recreational boating fatalities nationwide jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and boating under the influence was the leading contributing factor, according to the Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics. The report comes just weeks before Coast Guard law enforcement officers participate in the surge operation.

“Boating and drinking puts everyone on your boat and other vessels around you at danger," said Chief Warrant Officer Jay Greiner, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light. "Plan ahead and bring a designated boat operator with you."

Officers will be looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08. The operation will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and boater education outreach efforts.

Operation Dry Water began in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the Coast Guard and other state and local law enforcement agencies.

For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org.

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