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River enforcement increases nearing Independence Day

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As Independence Day draws near and the weather grows warmer, Oregon State Police report more people will be using waterways, beaches and parks.

With many people outside, authorities want to remind people to be safe and alert during their time of recreation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol wrapped up its "Operation Dry Water" Sunday to crack down on boating under the influence (BUI).

BUI is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher exceeds the Oregon state limit of .08. If you are found to be impaired and operating a boat, you will be arrested. 

Deputies tell Fox 12 it has been a slower start this year, but more activity typically picks up around the Fourth of July weekend. 

OSP's advice to keep people safe is to have a designated driver, reach out for help and if you spot an impaired driver, call 911. For other advice, click here.

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