Nevada law enforcement to crackdown on boating under the influence

Boats are shown at Lake Mead in an undated image. (File)

Nevada law enforcement officials will be cracking down on those boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water weekend.

It will take place from Friday through Sunday across Nevada.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife will have officers "on every major body of water across the state, and other law enforcement agencies are adding extra officers to many waterways in other parts of the state." The National Park Service will be working with the Nevada Department of Wildlife at Lake Mead.

Law enforcement officials will be focusing their efforts on detecting impaired boaters and educating people on the dangers of boating under the influence.

Nevada Game Warden Captain David Pfiffner, Nevada's boating law administrator said alcohol is a leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and it is one of the top reasons for recreational boating accidents.

"Every boat operator makes a conscious choice when they decide to drink and operate a vessel,” said Pfiffner. “Boating under the influence is a 100 percent preventable crime."

Since the start of the Operation Dry Water Campaign in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 3,03 boating under the influence operators from the nation's waterways.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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