The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols this weekend to crackdown on boating while intoxicated. It is part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
According to DNR conservation officer Greg Salo, alcohol was a contributing factor last year in 33 percent of the deadly boating accidents in the state.
Salo added that operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of point-oh-eight or higher is against the law the same as driving a vehicle. Last year, 158 people were arrested for BWI in Minnesota.