Barely a week into summer, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, DEEP, and the Environmental Police, EnCon, have been kept busy.
"We've have four boating fatalities so far, and it's only June," said Sergeant Steve Sanko with the EnCon police.
He hopes to keep that number from rising this summer, with the nationwide campaign, Operation DryWater which is aimed at keeping all citizens on the water safe and sober.
"We're out patrolling the Connecticut River and other rivers informing boaters looking for safety violations. We’re looking for intoxicated drivers," Sgt. Sanko said.
In a statement released by DEEP, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States.
Operating a boat while impaired is just as dangerous as operating a vehicle, according to DEEP.
Police will make arrests if they presume a boater is over the legal limit with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC of .08 or higher.
"We just did our job tonight and hopefully everyone will have sober evening and we won't have any accidents,” Sgt. Sanko concluded.
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