‘Operation Dry Water’ Kicks Off Friday

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Boats on Saylorville Lake. (WHO-HD)

Boats on Saylorville Lake. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Law enforcement agencies across the state will be keeping a closer eye on Iowa’s waterways starting Friday.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says state, federal, and local officers will be working together to enforce the state’s laws on operating watercraft while intoxicated. The agencies are taking part in the national “Operation Dry Water” campaign, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR, said, “One-third of all boating fatalities nationally involved alcohol and many of those victims were innocent bystanders.”

The Iowa DNR says during 2015’s “Operation Dry Water” effort 161 warnings or citations were issued to boaters.

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