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Wardens will be out this weekend looking for drunken boatersSubmitted: 06/28/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


RHINELANDER - The DNR kicks off Operation Dry Water today. It's a crackdown on boating and drinking during the weekend before the holiday.

Boaters on Wisconsin lakes and rivers will see more DNR conservation wardens and municipal boat patrols than usual. They'll be looking for boat drivers with blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher.

Operation Dry Water is a National campaign to keep people safe during the heavy boating traffic week of the 4th.

Since the campaign launched in 2009, alcohol related boating deaths decreased. But drunken boating still accounts for eight percent of boating accidents, and 17 percent of deaths.

Last year wardens arrested 11 people and issued 704 warnings and citations. The DNR says they will have "zero tolerance".



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