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Clarksville Police join Operation Dry Water
National crackdown on impaired boating starts June 30
Posted Date: 6/14/2017
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As the July 4 holiday approaches, Clarksville Police will stress heightened awareness and enforcement of boating-under-the-influence laws as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.

Clarksville Police, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, will work to increase awareness of the hazards associated with boating under the influence, and to decrease the number of accidents attributed to impaired boating.

From June 30 to July 2, law enforcement nationwide will be looking for impaired boaters as part of Operation Dry Water weekend. Boaters will notice an increase in the numbers of officers on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints. This effort will result in the removal of impaired operators, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters this boating season.

"We want to ensure that recreational boaters, paddlers, and anyone enjoying our waters have a safe place to spend their time on the water, " Clarksville Police Lt. Phil Ashby said. “Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time on the water just as it does when you drive a car. Our goal is to remove anyone choosing to operate a vessel impaired and to keep everyone else safe.”

Here are some tips for staying safe on the water this summer:

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. Most drowning victims -- 85 percent in 2015 -- were not wearing a life jacket.

Take a boating safety education course. Many deaths -- 71 percent -- occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction.

In Tennessee it is illegal to operate a vessel with a Blood Alcohol level of .08 or higher – the same as it is to operate a vehicle. Anyone found to be impaired and operating a boat will be arrested.

Visit operationdrywater.org for more information about boating under the influence.