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Patrols will be out on local waters looking for drunk boaters

Saturday - 6/25/2011, 1:44pm  ET

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WASHINGTON - There will be crackdown on drunk boating across the country this weekend, and the D.C. area is no exception.

Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of boating under the influence education and enforcement to reduce alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities, coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

"We'll have officers out patrolling, looking for drunk boaters," says Maryland Natural Resources Police Sargent Art Windemuth.

Patrols will also be on waters in D.C. and Virginia. The crackdown comes just a week before Independence Day weekend.

"Doesn't matter if you're sailboat or a motorboat, you will get stopped," says Danny Rouse, who runs a sailboating business in Prince William County. "They will definitely give you a breathalyzer."

If you are caught boating drunk, your trip will be terminated, your boat could be impounded, and you could get arrested.

WTOP's Kathy Stewart contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter

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