Educating boaters on boating under the influcence

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Updated: 6/29/2014 5:56 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is looking to slow down boating under the influence.

They partnered along with the U.S Coastal Guard, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrator for this annual event. They were out on the water making their usual safety inspections.

The Sixth annual Operation Dry Water is under full effect in Chester Frost Park, and officer Barry Baird said it’s a great time.

"It gives a change for state, local and federal officers to come together and focus on one primary objective,” said Officer Baird.

The goal is to educate boaters on boating under the influence. More than 20 percent of boating related-fatalities are a result of alcohol use. This was their opportunity to spread that massage.

"It's like a normal working day for,” said Baird. “We go out and we do safety inspections on boats and we stop them for various violations."

The main consequences if you are caught boating under the influence are jail and a fine.

Officials say it's not about stopping boaters from enjoying themselves, but it's about letting them know of their options.

“It's not illegal to have alcohol on the boat,” said Officer Baird. “If you're going to, be safe while you're doing it and have a designated driver, because there is some serious implications that can come from boating under the influence.”

They will also be out tomorrow to do their regular inspections and educate more boaters.

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