As part of a national campaign called: Operation Dry Water, authorities have been out in force trying to stop people from using substances while boating during the holiday weekend.
On the Fox River and Green Bay people saw a DNR Conservation Warden, the U.S. Coast Guard, Green Bay Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff’s out on the water in their own boats.
While the national campaign ended on Sunday, the enforcement on our local waters will continue through the 4th of July.
“The effects of alcohol and drugs is exasperated on the water,” said DNR Warden Darren Kuhn, “With the heat and the sun beating down on you all day and the waves and the wind the outdoor effects with alcohol are ten fold.”
With the summer temperatures in the 80’s, local waterways are packed with people out enjoying the sunshine, authorities just want people to do so responsibly while having a plan before going out on the water.
“Most of our boating public uses trailers so if they are impaired on the water and they get back to the boat landing, now they are going to be impaired driving on our highways while towing a boat trailer,” said Kuhn.
In addition, state law requires a life jacket for everybody in a boat, children must wear one and the warden recommends that everybody has one on.
The warden also advises people to have communication devices in their boat, a radio or cell phone, know the general area where you are in case you need to call for help and have flares.