Jun 20, 2011, 1:07 PM
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The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the Coast Guard (USCG) feel that it's important to alert and educate the public about Operation Dry Water and the dangers of drinking while boating. While there are arrests made on the water year-round, all 50 states and 6 territories will be participating in increased enforcement the weekend of June 24-26.
Operation Dry Water (ODW) & Boating Under The Influence (BUI)
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There are three important reasons why we believe your blog should cover the ODW story:
FIRST: The campaign will be taking place the weekend before the 4th of July holiday (which typically sees the most recreational boating fatalities of the year) as a reminder to those who might be planning to drink and boat. Nationwide there will be nearly 5,000 marine law enforcement officers on the lookout for boaters and their guests who drink, as well as providing education and awareness materials to all about how to remain safe on the water. Many on-land law enforcement officers will also be joining in this effort, since drunk boaters too often become drunk drivers. Eighty percent of recreational boats arrive at lakes, rivers, and coastal marinas by trailer.
SECOND: For the first time in all the years of enforcing BUI laws, a standardized Seated Sobriety Test is being rolled out nationwide. This new test, which has been validated by the same organization that validates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) DUI tests, will not only give officers greater confidence in making arrest decisions based on their observations but also provide courtroom credibility to an officer's evaluation of impairment. NHTSA is considering using the tests whenever administering standing sobriety tests is not possible, such as with persons with leg injuries or lower limb disabilities.
THIRD: NASBLA and the Coast Guard are currently seeking a national proclamation to raise awareness of boating and drinking in an effort to reduce recreational boating fatalities.
We would appreciate your help in spreading the word to your viewers.
The ODW Press Release is attached to give you more information, as well as web banners that can be used on your site. Please let us know what you might need to cover this story between now and the Operation Dry Water weekend of June 24-26. Feel free to email or call me with any inquiries. For more information you can visit the Operation Dry Water web site at: http://www.operationdrywater.org.
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