Campaign to end boating under influence to ramp up in June

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to heighten a campaign intended to curb alcohol use while boating.

Operation Dry Water is part of a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence.

The commission says the operation is a year-round campaign, but that the effort will be heightened by Game and Parks officers from June 26 through June 28.

Alcohol use while boating is the leading factor in boater deaths. In Nebraska, it’s illegal to operate a motorboat with a blood alcohol level content of .08 percent or greater. Doing so constitutes boating under the influence, or BUI, which carries penalties that may include vessel impoundment, fines, jail time and loss of boating privileges.

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