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June 30, 2017

Headquarters / Vermont State Police joins Operation Dry Water

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

MARINE DIVISION

 

Vermont State Police joins Operation Dry Water

 

Williston, Vermont (June 30, 2017) The Vermont State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on our waterways.

 

Operation Dry Water weekend, June 30-July 2, is the national weekend of amplified enforcement of boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach. Vermont State Police is reaching out to our community and to the entire recreational boating community as part of the yearlong Operation Dry Water campaign to inform and educate boaters about the hazards and negative outcomes associated with boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

"Recreational boating is a fun and enjoyable activity. Consuming alcohol while on the water can hinder that experience and create a dangerous scenario for you, your friends and family, and others on the water,” says Sergeant Trevor Carbo, Marine Division Commander. “Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time on the water just as is does when driving a car, even more so because of the added stressors of sun, heat, wind, noise and the vibrations of the boat. The Vermont State Police wants everyone to have a great summer on the water, and to do that you’ve got to stay safe and stay sober while underway.”

 

As Operation Dry Water weekend and the July 4th holiday approaches, law enforcement and recreational boating safety volunteers will be out on the water educating boaters about safe boating practices and removing impaired operators from the water. Vermont State Police supports these efforts as they go a long way in ensuring the safety of recreational boaters and water sport enthusiasts.

 

Tips to staying safe on the water:

 

  • Boat sober. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths*. Alcohol and drugs use impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.
  • Wear your life jacket. 83% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket*.
  • Take a boating safety education course. 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction, where instruction was known*.

 

Boaters can take the pledge to boat safe and boat sober, and find more information about boating under the influence at operationdrywater.org.

 

 

For more information please contact:

Sergeant Trevor Carbo

802-878-7111

 

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Scott Waterman

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer

802-241-5277 desk

802-279-4554 cell

Scott.waterman@vermont.gov