Indiana Conservation Officers enforce ‘Operation Dry Water’ over holiday weekend


PARKE Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) –Just like there’s rules of the road, there’s also rules of the water.

Hundreds of boaters are expected on the lakes this weekend, which means and increased presence from law enforcement.

“They’re taking a weekend to focus specially on the drunk driving. Just like your click it or ticket or other operations,” said Conservation Officer Nathan Lutz.

His operation is Operation Dry Water. Where he and other officers will watch for those consuming more alcohol on the water than they should.

“That’s when the reckless driving comes into play. You’re going to take some risks that not only are they dangerous, but they will start becoming illegal,” he said.

Which means you could be stopped.

“And that stop is when we will detect the alcohol use and it can lead to a BWI or boating while intoxicated charge.

BWI’s aren’t the only things officers will be looking for. There are other rules boaters must follow.

“You have to have a valid driver’s license to drive a boat you have to be able to follow any type of speed limits or idle speeds that are designated on the water. You have to be able to handle a boat in a safe manner around other boaters. Make sure you have an observer. If you are pulling tubers so that they can focus on the safety of that tuber while you operate the boat,” Lutz added.

Boaters say they make sure to do what they can so they don’t get a ticket.

Operation Dry Water is a year-round program, but will be in increased effect from July 5 until July 7.

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