Operation Dry Water is a coordinated, national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.
Coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators — working with the states, the U.S. Coast Guard and other partner agencies — Operation Dry Water will directly address the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan Strategy 6.2, “… increase the number of BUI checkpoints to collect and report BUI and safety compliance data in the Performance Report Part II AND Strategy 6.6 Challenge law enforcement officials to test more operators for alcohol/drug use in accident investigations.”
In 2007, Coast Guard statistics indicate that 21 percent of all boating fatalities were a result of alcohol use. This continues an upward trend in the percentage of fatalities where alcohol was the primary cause of the accident.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national non-profit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.