OPERATION DRY WATER – Increased crackdown on BWI this weekend

22 Jun

As part of a national “Operation Dry Water” campaign, state conservation officers, county sheriff’s deputies, and coast guard officers will be out in full force this weekend (June 24-26) to crack down on boating while intoxicated (“BWI”). All 50 states participated in Operation Dry Water last year, resulting in thousands of boaters being cited and hundreds being arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated. For more information on Operation Dry Water, read more here.

It is illegal for any person to operate a boat while intoxicated, defined as having a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08. Penalties for a BWI can include heavy fines, loss of boating privileges, and even jail time. Additionally, a BWI conviction will appear on your driver’s license record, and will be used to enhance any future driving, boating, or snowmobiling under the influence charges.

Remember, if you are arrested for BWI whether as a result of this weekends’ increased enforcement or otherwise, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Thomsen Nybeck for your defense in the matter. It is important that you have proper representation to guide you through the process and make sure you get the best resolution possible.

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This blog entry is written by James Gempeler, an associate at Thomsen Nybeck. James practices in the litigation area of the firm with a focus on general civil litigation, real estate litigation, construction litigation and criminal law, particularly as the prosecutor for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

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