CPW Enforces Sober Boating for July 4th Weekend

Colorado—As boaters prepare to hit the water this Fourth of July weekend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers are ramping up efforts to enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws. This initiative is part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign, aimed at promoting safe boating practices and reducing BUI incidents.

The Importance of Staying Sober

Boating under the influence is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time on the water, which can be exacerbated by sun, wind, noise, vibration, and motion. In fact, one drink on land is equivalent to three drinks on the water. CPW emphasizes the need for responsible behavior to ensure everyone enjoys the beautiful Colorado waterways safely.

Boaters on a serene lake

Operation Dry Water Measures

During the Operation Dry Water weekend (July 4-6, 2024), boaters can expect:

  1. Increased Patrols and Sobriety Checkpoints: CPW officers will be out in force, ensuring compliance with BUI laws.
  2. Outreach and Education: Safety demonstrations and informational materials will be provided to raise awareness.
  3. Collaboration: CPW will work with local marinas, boating clubs, and community organizations to spread the message of sober boating.

Remember, alcohol use is a leading factor in fatal boating accidents. Stay safe, boat sober, and enjoy the holiday weekend responsibly.

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