State Park Police are expanding their efforts to patrol New York’s waterways.
“Operation Dry Water” is currently underway, and police say they will have numerous checkpoints set up throughout the state.
They say there will be zero tolerance for anyone caught boating under the influence.
Anyone caught boating under the influence could face a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail for the first offense.
Additional offenses could lead to fines as high as $10,000.
In addition, boaters are reminded to practice safe and responsible boating, including:
– Wear a personal floatation device whenever they are on the water. State law requires that children under age 12 wear a personal flotation device while on a watercraft;
– Complete a safe boating course;
– Properly equip and inspect their vessel;
– Maintain a prudent speed;
– Refrain from mixing alcohol with boating; and
– Check the weather forecast before heading out on the water to learn about potential storms and seek immediate shelter on shore if thunder is audible.
– Develop a float plan and leave it with a reliable person on shore