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BUI enforcement ramped up

the Nevada Department of Wildlife and several other law enforcement agencies are ramping up enforcement of boating under the influence laws in Nevada.
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As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), along with several other law enforcement agencies, are ramping up enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI) laws in Nevada. This is all part of a national safety campaign. The annual heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This weekend law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out in force, looking for boaters who choose to boat under the influence and removing them from the water. Officers hope to increase awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence and to drastically reduce the number of incidents and deaths as a result of impaired boating. In Nevada, the National Park Service in Southern Nevada and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are also participating.

“It’s our job to make sure boaters stay safe, and in Nevada we’ve seen too many serious and even fatal accidents caused by drunken boating,”said David Pfiffner, Nevada’s boating law administrator. “We think the Operation Dry Water program is a great way to target this serious issue. We also need to remind boaters that boating under the influence is not only dangerous, but it’s also a serious crime that results in heavy fines and even jail time.”

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