This weekend, ODNR’s law enforcement officers will heighten their focus on educating boaters on sober boating and removing impaired boaters from waterways during the Operation Dry Water campaign, which has reduced boating fatalities due to alcohol impairment by 17 percent since 2009.
- It's illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Persons found to be boating under the influence can expect to incur severe penalties such as being arrested and having the boat impounded.
- Alcohol can impair a boater's judgement, balance, vision, reaction time and increase fatigue. Common stressors, such as sun, wind, vibration and motion can intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications. It's dangerous for all passengers, who can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening injuries.