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Increased marine patrols planned across Oregon as 'Operation Dry Water' begins

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Oregonians heading out to their favorite lake or river for this Independence Day weekend should expect to see increased marine patrols.

Not only are law enforcement agencies state-wide cracking down on drunk driving but drinking on the water as well. 

At Detroit Lake east of Salem, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies will have an increase in patrols on the water.  They will be on the lookout for boaters who have been drinking.

The increase in patrols is part of a nationwide campaign called Operation Dry Water.

Several counties across Oregon are participating. Deputies and other law enforcement will be on the look out for BUII’s.

If someone does get caught and are found guilty of boating under the influence, they could face the possibility of jail time, fines up to $6,250 and loss of boating privileges.

Last year the Oregon State Marine Board says they saw an increase in the number of boating accidents where the driver had been drinking or under the influence of marijuana. Law enforcement responded to 82 such crashes.

At Detroit Lake with water levels high and good weather on tap the sheriff’s office is expected anywhere from 800 to 1,000 boaters on the water. 

“If you are coming out to the lake, we understand that it is a party atmosphere or you are here to recreate but do it safely, have a plan if you are going to be drinking alcohol have a designated driver,” said Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Zahn.

Zahn says Oregon State Police and the Sheriff’s office will have several boats on the water through the Fourth of July. 

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