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Operation Dry Water yields no arrests

This latest enforcement effort to find those who are boating under the influence had better results than the first according to state officials.  A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokeswoman says there were no boaters found to be under the influence of alcohol who were stopped during patrols this past weekend. 


Operation Dry Water included state wide increased patrols and checkpoints, as well as boater education efforts. 


An enforcement effort at the end of June resulted in four BUI arrests including two on Candlewood Lake. 


EnCon police captain Ryan Healy says when alcohol is combined with stressors such as sun, wind, waves and engine noise, a fun day on the water can turn tragic.  Healy says a boat operator or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. 


In Connecticut last year, 29-percent of all accidents with injuries involved alcohol.  Four of six reportable accidents that resulted in fatalities were alcohol related.

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