Operation Dry Water: Boating DWI crackdown

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents will be out in force this weekend to ticket drunk boaters.

It's part of Operation Dry Water, a national enforcement push held the last June weekend before the Fourth of July. And it starts on Friday.

Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the department's state boating law administrator, says alcohol is the leading cause in fatal boat wrecks - including about one-quarter of the 32 boating deaths last year. He adds that of 17 people who drowned last year, 15 weren't wearing a life jacket.

Boating DWIs carry the same penalties and fines as those on the road - including the possibility of losing a driver's license as well as fines, jail time, and loss of boating operator privileges.

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