Crackin’ down on drunken boaters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will crack down on intoxicated boaters this weekend.

In Minnesota, alcohol was involved in 50 percent of the 16 boating fatalities in 2011. (2007 file / News Tribune)

Conservation officers and county sheriff’s water patrol deputies will be out in force Friday through Sunday for Operation Dry Water, part of a nationwide effort to give boating under the influence enforcement high visibility before the Fourth of July holiday.

Officers will be looking for boaters who have a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or greater.

Boating under the influence continues to be a major problem throughout the country, officials say.

“We recommend that people avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while boating,” Greg Salo, DNR central region enforcement supervisor, said in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for anyone found operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Minnesota waters.”

Conviction for BUI goes on a person’s automobile driver’s license record.