Operation Dry Water Results from Past Holiday Weekend

Over the recent holiday weekend, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) played a pivotal role in Operation Dry Water (ODW), a nationwide initiative aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). According to the MDWFP, Conservation Officers were actively engaged in heightened enforcement activities across the state as part of this campaign.

Throughout the enforcement period, MDWFP Conservation Officers conducted saturation patrols to ensure boaters were adhering to safety regulations, particularly concerning alcohol and drug use while operating watercraft. The MDWFP concluded its efforts with notable statistics from the holiday period: a total of 287 citations were issued, including 36 violations related to alcohol and drugs. Additionally, officers made 13 arrests for boating under the influence (BUI) and engaged with 7,775 boaters statewide.

Operation Dry Water is part of MDWFP’s ongoing commitment to promoting safe boating practices and reducing accidents and fatalities associated with impaired boating. For more detailed information about MDWFP’s efforts and Operation Dry Water, visit their official website here.

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