Law Enforcement Officers to be Looking for Intoxicated Boaters This Weekend

Photo: Iowa Department of Natural Resources Facebook Page

(Iowa) -- There will be an increased law enforcement presence looking for impaired drivers over the Fourth of July weekend, but not just on Iowa's roads.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says officers from multiple state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies will be looking for intoxicated boaters as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign. The DNR says law enforcement officers made multiple boating while intoxicated arrests last year, including at:

  • Lake Okoboji: 7 arrests
  • Coralville Reservoir: 6 arrests
  • Mississippi River: 5 arrests
  • Missouri River: 5 arrests
  • Rathbun Reservoir: 5 arrests

The DNR says one third of all boating deaths nationally involve alcohol. Operation Dry Water is July 1st through the 3rd. More information is available on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' website.

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