Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Operation Dry Water at Lake Powell and Willard Bay State Park

Willard – Utah State Parks boating rangers, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and U.S. Coast Guard, sponsor two boating under the influence (BUI) checkpoints Saturday, June 26 at Halls Crossing Marina area on Lake Powell and the South Marina at Willard Bay State Park. Other local enforcement agencies will assist in the effort.

Operation Dry Water is a coordinated, national weekend of BUI detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities.

In 2007, U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate 21 percent of all boating fatalities were a result of alcohol use. This continues an upward trend in the percentage of fatalities where alcohol was the primary cause of the accident.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and six U.S. territories.

For more information on boating in Utah, visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/ or call (801) 538-BOAT. Wear it, Utah!

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