BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Over the Fourth of July holiday, 76 boaters got citations for alcohol, drug, or boating under the influence violations.
That information comes from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The state agency held an Operation Dry Water safety event over the July 4 holiday. The goal was to make sure state waterways were safer for swimmers and boaters.
A news release says state agents wrote more than 440 citations. More than 15 percent of those citations focused on alcohol or drug use while on the water.
Officers conducted approximately 2,800 safety checks on vessels operating on Mississippi's public waters. Boating traffic was down slightly compared to previous years, the news release notes, possibly due to recent flooding from heavy rains statewide.
One person drowned in a state waterway over the holiday weekend.
"Our goal is to provide the safest environment possible along Mississippi's public waterways." said Colonel Steve Adcock.