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July 8, 2014

Local lakes ‘citation-free’ over holiday

Corsicana — Game wardens had a busy July 4th weekend, arresting 58 people on Texas lakes, and contacting another 30,000 recreational boaters. However, no boating while intoxicated charges were filed on Navarro Mills or Richland Chambers Reservoir, according to Cody Jones, assistant commander of the Boating Law Administrator, Law Enforcement Special Operations, Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Over the three-day Operation Dry Water weekend, game wardens made contact with 22,732 recreational boaters, issued 1,147 citations and safety warnings and made 17 BUI arrests in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, game wardens filed 39 minor in possession of alcohol cases and eight drug related offenses.

“TPWD participates in coordinated efforts like Operation Dry Water, along with hundreds of other agencies nationwide, in an effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities we see due to boaters consuming alcohol on the water,” Jones said. “Our goal is to educate boaters as well as remove impaired operators from the water in order to keep all other boaters safe.”

Earlier, TPWD’s Law Enforcement division participated in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 as part of a nationally coordinated boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign.

Nationally, more than 550 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from all 50 states and 6 U.S. territories participated in the 2014 Operation Dry Water effort. National results are still being collected and compiled, but in 2013, nationwide 6,219 law enforcement officers from 513 agencies and US Coast Guard units participated in Operation Dry Water. Officers made contact with 144,044 boaters, issues 17,159 citations and safety warning, and made 290 arrests for boating under the influence.

Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Since 2009, the year Operation Dry Water launched, there has been a 37 percent drop in the number of boater deaths where alcohol use was the known contributing factor, according to the 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics.

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