GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local agencies in the Green Bay area are coordinating efforts to step up enforcement of drunken boating as the July Fourth holiday approaches.
They're calling it Operation Dry Water. Beginning this weekend, law enforcement will be on the water randomly checking for intoxicated drivers. The legal blood alcohol limit for operating a boat is the same as driving a car -- 0.08.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Austin Olmstead tells WBAY-TV drunken boating has consequences, including loss of boating and driving privileges and even jail time.
Olmstead says alcohol contributed to 17 percent of boating deaths last year.
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