• Working together to Keep Hoosiers Safe this Summer

    June 18, 2013 No comments

    Throughout the summer months the Indiana State Police and Indiana Conservation Officers will participate in many extra patrols to target impaired operators. While troopers will focus on impaired drivers of motor vehicles, Indiana Conservation Officers will take to the Indiana waterways and focus their attention on impaired boat operators. Remember, whether you are operating a motor vehicle or a motor boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol it is all illegal and dangerous.

    A video detailing a joint effort of Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police to address boating and driving while intoxicated can be found at Youtube.com/idnrvideos. Media is encouraged to play all or portions of this 37 second PSA in news casts. City and County agencies with public access television channels may use the PSA as well.

    The following information is from a news release dated June 13, 2013 from the DNR Division of Law Enforcement on an upcoming initiative they will be involved in. Any questions should be directed to Lt. William Browne DNR Division of Law Enforcement, (317) 232-0658.

    Awareness campaign targets dangers of boating under the influence

    Indiana Conservation Officers will join a national campaign in late June aimed at creating a heightened public awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Operation Dry Water (ODW) is scheduled for June 28-30, just before the Fourth of July.

    ODW (www.OperationDryWater.org) is a nationwide education and enforcement initiative developed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Since ODW launched in 2009, the percentage of boating fatalities in the United States in which alcohol is listed as a contributing factor has decreased from 19 percent to 17 percent. Despite the decrease, boating while intoxicated (BWI) accounts for a disproportionate number of on-the-water deaths. In 2011, alcohol was a contributing factor in just 8 percent of boating accidents overall but figured in 17 percent of boating fatalities.

    In Indiana, the blood-alcohol limit for boat operators is the same as for vehicle drivers – 0.08. However, studies show that boat operators become impaired by alcohol sooner than people on land because of the motion of the boat, the glare and heat of the sun, and dehydration from sweating.

    Boat operators convicted of boating while intoxicated can lose their boat operating and vehicle driving privileges, and face jail time and fees.

    According to Indiana Conservation Officers, the safest plan is to have a designated boat operator who is not drinking alcohol.

    Citizens often report intoxicated boaters to authorities, which demonstrates an increased public awareness that law-abiding boaters are concerned about safety.

    “Keeping our lakes, rivers and reservoirs safe takes an effort from all of us, and we appreciate the efforts of our safe boaters,” said Lt. Kenton Turner, boating law administrator for the DNR Division of Law Enforcement.

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