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Officials busting boaters under the influence

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Marine law officers will be out in full force, conducting Operation Dry Water this weekend. Boaters are urged to leave the beer at home, as authorities will be cracking down on those boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. National spokesperson for the operation, Colonel Terry West, states, "We want people to have fun on the water, but we intend to exercise zero tolerance for BUI. Boaters found to be impaired can expect severe penalties that may include fines, jail time, loss of boating privileges, even loss of driving privileges."

This is the second year the efforts are being done in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. Statistics show that 17% of boating fatalities are a direct result of boating under the influence.

Operation Dry Water will be conducted from June 25-27.

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