Police cracking down on intoxicated boaters

Austin Police patrol Lake Austin (Paul Shelton/KXAN)
Austin Police patrol Lake Austin (Paul Shelton/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police will be taking part in a weekend-long initiative to crack down on boating while intoxicated.

The enforcement is part of Operation Dry Water, a nationwide mission focused on reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related crashes and deaths on the water.

Officers will step up enforcement on Lake Austin from 9 a.m. Friday to midnight Monday. A BWI charge carries the same punishment as driving while intoxicated.

The initiative was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. Officials say the operation has helped reduce the percentage of alcohol-related boating fatalities from 19 to 17 percent.

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