by Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, county sheriff’s offices, and other public safety agencies statewide will step up patrols for intoxicated boaters June 30 through July 2 as part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at deterring drinking and boating.

The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on Minnesota waters.

The state’s 2017 boating season has been the most deadly since 2005, with nine boating fatalities already recorded. In 2016, alcohol was a factor in nine of 17 deadly boating accidents in Minnesota – over half of the boating fatalities involved alcohol.

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