Operation Dry Water

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Local environmental officials are stepping up efforts to ensure a safe weekend on the water.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the West Virginia DNR are participating in Operation Dry Water.

Through Sunday, the national campaign hopes to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Officials say boaters with a blood alcohol content over the state limit of .08 will be arrested.

They're asking everyone on the water to enjoy themselves responsibly.

"Don't drink and drive or if nothing else, having somebody that's sober, that's responsible for the operation of the vessel," says Capt. David Trader, with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police.

Along with being arrested officials say boaters over the limit may also be fined, spend time in jail and the rest of their summer on land.

Boating under the influence can cost you your license.

Last year, the ODNR made 10 BUI arrests during Operation Dry Water.

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