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Officials Warn The Public To Not Drive Boats While Impaired

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Jun 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 00:49:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If you have plans to drink this weekend or during the 4th of July holiday, authorities said do not get behind the wheel of a boat.

This weekend marked the seventh annual Operation Dry Water weekend.

It's a national enforcement and education program aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials said it's an important message.

"The level set for the blood alcohol is the same as if you’re on the road, but we also want to point out that you could be impaired at a lower blood alcohol level or you could be impaired by drugs,” said Glenn Moates of TWRA. “Our officers are trained to detect folks who are operating impaired, and that’s one of the things that we’re looking for when we’re out on patrol.”

Last year, four people were arrested during Operation Dry Water weekend, and TWRA officials said they will be out in force on the water throughout the peak summer boating season.