Thursday, September 20th

Boaters and paddlers on Wisconsin's waters June 29-July 1 could see more state conservation wardens and local boat patrols on the water during the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water.

Lieutenant Adam Hanna of the Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills section said wardens will be on the water with one mission: keep the waters safe for all to enjoy.

"We intend to stop and remove intoxicated boaters from our lakes and rivers. We also will take the time to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of boating under the influence," Hanna said. "Alcohol is a leading factor in boating fatalities."

Wisconsin defines impaired operators as having a blood alcohol level over the state limit of .08 percent. Officers will use the field sobriety test to determine the boater's level of intoxication. There also is a breath test.

Hanna said a boat operator or passenger with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a boating accident.