Operation Dry Water targeting drunk boaters

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - For many people across the Bluegrass, weekend plans include a trip to the lake. If you're heading out on the water, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers have a warning for you, regarding Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water is a national effort to stop intoxicated boaters, and it kicks into gear this weekend. Park rangers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Somerset are assisting Fish and Wildlife Officers in the initiative.

"There's only so many officers out here on the lake, and it is a big push for us to make sure people are being safe and we just want to have them have such a good time here at Lake Cumberland and go home to their families at the end of the day," explained Park Ranger Aurora Scott, "last year, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife had the largest amount of BUIs here on Lake Cumberland ever. So it's definitely a problem here, and we want to promote safety to stop it.

If park rangers spot intoxicated drivers on the waters, they can and will detain them until Fish and Wildlife officers arrive to arrest them. Kentucky law prohibits people from drinking alcohol in public places, and waterways are considered public.

"Some people do decide to drink and drive. Some people aren't aware of how to operate a boat, and there's a lot of people on Lake Cumberland especially on those Saturdays, especially 4th of July."

Operation Dry Water covers all Kentucky waterways.

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