HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) – HCSO officials say marine unit deputies along with state and federal boating agencies will be out in force June 27-29 for ‘Operation Dry Water’, which is an annual campaign focused on the detection and enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI).

As part of this national effort, Operation Dry Water, a multi-agency, education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water the weekend before the Fourth of July weekend to give BUI enforcement high visibility before a holiday known for drinking and boating - and deadly accidents, deputies said.

Boaters caught operating under the influence will find their voyage terminated and their vessel impounded. Additionally, penalties can include arrest, fines, loss of boating privileges, even loss of driving privileges, deputies said.

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