ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) —  Maryland Natural Resources Police say they will be cracking down on drunken boating this weekend.

Police say they will be participating in Operation Dry Water, a national program to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking while boating. In addition to NRP officers, the Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies will be looking for alcohol violations, targeting areas where boating and drinking has been a problem in the past.

Natural Resources Police say sun, wind and water can cause fatigue that is magnified when drinking and can impair judgment. The maximum penalty for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail for the first offense.

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Comments (2)
  1. Tom Legare says:

    I wouldn’t own a boat in Maryland now if they paid for it!! You can’t swim in the Susquehanna River anymore because some idiot drowned and now you can’t drink a beer on your boat in the Bay without cops chasing you around. So it really is free country huh?? What a joke!!

  2. Doug says:

    Safer to smoke a joint,
    back at the dock.
    I really can’t stand people who drink too much.
    But I’m am enjoying my new 195SS Crownline,260 merc., High five prop.
    Funny,how restaurants push booze on you,where ever you go,then send you
    back to the road,or water.

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