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Coast Guard, police team up to find drunk boaters

Thursday - 6/21/2012, 12:35pm  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard is teaming up with local and state police this weekend to crack down on those who operate a boat while drinking alcohol.

The increased patrols as part of Operation Dry Water 2012 will be seen Friday through Sunday. The annual campaign aims to enforce boating under the influence laws and to educate boaters of the risks involved with drinking while boating.

A Coast Guard report says recreational boating fatalities nationwide jumped to their highest levels since 1998 last year and that boating under the influence was the leading reason.

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.


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