Boating safety starts 
with ‘Dry Water’

Boating season is here, and Colorado law says prospective motorboat operators ages 14 and 15 must complete a state-approved boat safety course. Courses are being offered monthly during the spring and summer at Highline Lake State Park.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be participating Sunday through Tuesday in Operation Dry Water, a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).

The mission of Operation Dry Water also brings awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.

During the Operation Dry Water weekend enforcement campaign, Parks and Wildlife officers will be looking for boaters whose blood-alcohol content exceeds the state limit of 0.08.

This weekend will include increased patrols and checkpoints as well as boater education. Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other serious penalties.

In Colorado the consequences for BUI include fines, jail time and loss of boating privileges. Last year in Colorado, approximately 50 percent of fatal and 24 percent of nonfatal boat accidents involved alcohol and/or drugs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind all boaters to take a boating safety class, wear your life jacket and don’t booze and boat.

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