Operation Dry Water in effect this weekend

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Area police officers want the Fourth of July to be a safe time on South Mississippi waterways.  So, they're teaming up for Operation Dry Water, a national campaign that helps reduce the number of accidents related to boating under the influence.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says it's vital for boaters to realize the dangers of drunk boating. "We're a boating community.  There are always a lot of boats out there, and potential for someone to get injured.  And if you're adding alcohol to that it just makes the possibility that much worse," said Miller.

The initiative aims to bring awareness to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol use on the water.  The top cops in Harrison County all stress if your boat is pulled over, you should know it's a lawful stop.  The encourage you to be prepared to show patrolmen where your safety equipment is.  The quicker you do that, the quicker you can be on your way.

Breathalyzer check points will be conducted on the water.  But, the joint effort is not to make arrests. It's to keep all boaters safe, especially as we get closer to the Fourth of July holiday.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are part of Operation Dry Water.  Their officers will be checking to make sure everyone has a valid boat registration, each child under the age of 13 is wearing a personal flotation device, and that there is a life jacket for each person on board.

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