Authorities Cracking Down on Drunken Boaters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re going to be out on a lake this weekend, you may want to reach for some cold water instead of a cold beer as authorities will be cracking down on drunken boat operators.

Operation Dry Water 2012 is a national campaign to keep bodies of water safe, and Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division is participating.

The blood alcohol-content limit is .08 percent for vehicle drivers, and officials want boaters to know that same limit will be used for anyone who is driving a boat. Patrols are being set up at Missouri lakes all this weekend, and this high-profile alcohol enforcement effort is aimed at detecting and arresting drunken boat operators.

Authorities say that last year in Missouri, more than half of all fatal boating accidents were caused by alcohol.

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