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LDWF: Operation Dry Water

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in DUI/DWI

On the weekend of June 28-30, LDWF agents will take part in their yearly Operation Dry Water, a weekend of increased patrol throughout state waters aimed increasing boating safety, especially catching boaters operating under the influence of alcohol. Since 2009 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED) has been carrying out these measures to ensure the safety of boat operators and those around them. There were 25 boating fatalities in Louisiana in 2012, and 17% of all boating fatalities are alcohol related. "Alcohol is always one of the largest contributing factors for boating fatalities in Louisiana and nationwide ... We want people to have fun on the water, but we also want them to have a sober operator of the vessel for the safety of those in the vessel and everybody else in the water," said LDWF Boating Law Administrator Capt. Rachel Zechenelly. In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same weight as a DWI on the road, including immediate suspension/loss of driver's or boater's license, as well as jail time and fines. Anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher can be issued a DWI, which is an enhanceable offense. The first offense DWI carries a $300 to $1000 fine and up to six months in jail. Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1000 fine and between 30 days to six months in jail. A third DWI offense carries a $5000 fine and between one and five years imprisonment. Stay safe, and be responsible out there this weekend. For more information go to www.operationdrywater.org. If you do get into any trouble, call Seth Bloom at Bloom Legal (504) 599-9997 for your consultation.

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