The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 27, 2014

DNR patrols intending to find drunken boaters

CHARLESTON — Natural Resources Police will be on lakes and rivers across West Virginia this weekend to keep drunken boaters off the waters.

Called Operation Dry Water, the national campaign is intended not only to get tipsy boaters off the waters, but to raise awareness about the hazards of drinking and boating. They’ll also promote the idea of “sober skippers,” a nautical version of the designated driver.

Lt. Time Coleman is boater safety coordinator for the Division of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Section. He told the Charleston Gazette the division will have enhanced patrols on the Ohio, Monongahela and Kanawha rivers, as well as lakes.

Nationwide, Coleman said more than 50 percent of all boating accidents involve alcohol.

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