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Marine law enforcement officials set to crackdown on impaired boaters

June 22, 2011





Sgt. William T. McMichael

James City County’s marine law enforcement officers will be out on the water June 24-26 looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceed the State limit. During Operation Dry Water, boaters will see increased patrols and checkpoints on the County’s waterways. Impaired boaters can expect penalties to be severe and include fines, jail and loss of boating privileges.


“We intend to stop intoxicated boaters and to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of Boating Under the Influence (BUI),” says Sgt. William McMichael with the James City County Police Department. We want recreational boaters to enjoy themselves, but there will be zero tolerance for BUI.”


BUI is a primary contributing factor in nearly one in five boating fatalities nationwide. A boat operator or passenger with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit significantly increases their risk of being involved in a boating accident.


Operation Dry Water is a joint initiative between the James City County Police Department, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies. For more information, visit




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