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‘Operation Dry Water’ enhanced BWI enforcement over holiday weekend

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, State Patrol, county sheriff’s offices, and other public safety agencies will increase patrols for intoxicated boaters July 2-4 as part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at deterring boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

In 2020, nine of the 16 boating fatalities – more than 56 percent – in Minnesota involved alcohol, well up from the six-year average of 44 percent.

The goal of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of BWI-related boating accidents and fatalities. Minnesota’s lakes and rivers have been particularly busy this summer as people get outside to take advantage of all the water-based recreational opportunities the state provides. Shared waterways mean shared responsibility, and it’s up to every boater to make sure they’re keeping themselves and other boaters safe.

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