Officials crack down on boating while intoxicated

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. We all know the dangers of drinking and driving, but did you know drinking and boating is just as dangerous?

This weekend officers will be focusing on ensuring boater and water recreational safety during 'operation dry water', making sure area waterways are safe from intoxicated and otherwise impaired operators.

The leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating, and this year there's a renewed effort to educate boaters about the dangers of being on the water while using alcohol or other drugs.

Just like driving, your blood alcohol content cannot exceed .08, or you can be arrested and face other serious penalties.

“Another big issue that we have out here is underage operation. People are allowed to operate vessels 16 and older. 14 and 15 year olds are allowed to operate as well as long as they've been through a boat safety class,” says Park Manager at Highline Lake Alan Martinez

The boat safety class for 14 and 15-year olds will be held this Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m. at Highline Lake.

You can register online. Click the link to the right for their website.

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