WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Conservation officer Matt Tholen said with the holiday weekend just around the corner patrols are kicking up to keep boaters safe.
"The busier weekends we'll see more boaters out there," Tholen said. "The opportunity to catch intoxicated boaters is a little bit better."
It's all part of a boating under the influence campaign called Operation Dry Water.
Just like driving a car the blood alcohol limit for operating a boat is .08. Break that limit and you'll find yourself behind bars.
"You can still consume alcohol on the boat as an operator you just can't be over that legal limit of .08. If you do decide to go over that .08 have a designated driver," Tholen said.
Tholen said it's important to drink plenty of water while boating. He said drinking alcohol on a boat affects your body differently than on land. The motion of the boat, and the heat of the sun can affect the way your body processes alcoholic drinks.
"It's warmer, the sun is out and people feel like they have to drink a little bit more," Tholen said. "They get dehydrated and consume a little bit more alcohol and it effects the body a little differently when you're dehydrated."
Tholen said patrols will be stepping up patrols on area rivers too.
"We'll have officers on both lakes, Lake Freeman, Lake Shafer, Tippecanoe River, and Wabash River. We'll be all over the place and hopefully we'll make sure people are safe while they're doing it legally," Tholen said.
Tholen said since 2009 when Operation Dry Water started he's seen fewer people driving boats under the influence.
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