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Operation Dry Water Kicks off June 29

In an attempt to curb drunken boating, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be out patrolling for law-breakers this weekend. Operation Dry Water will target boaters who are boozing while operating vessels of all sizes. The efforts are a local extension of a nationwide campaign to crack down on drunken boating. Virginia Conservation Police Officers plan to step up patrols from June 29 through July 1st and ticket boaters they find to be drinking.

The Dangers of Drunken Boating

While we frequently hear about the dangers of drunk driving, boating and booze seem like a natural pairing. After all, many folks hit the water with a cooler full of beer ready to fish or sunbathe. Unfortunately, the effects of drinking are exacerbated by the motion of the water. The sun, wind and noise also contribute to intensifying the effects of alcohol. This can lead folks to slip and fall more easily, or make bad decisions while at the helm of their watercraft.

Injuries, Fines and Beyond

In addition to the increased potential for injuries, the legal consequences of being caught drinking and boating can be significant. Boat operators caught drinking may lose their privileges for a year. Repeat offenders risk even longer penalties. Fines of up to $2,500 and time behind bars is also possible for lawbreakers. As you and your loved ones hit the water this weekend to begin your early July 4th celebrations, remember what is at stake and make choices that enable everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.