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Operation Dry Water Begins Friday

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A nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of boating while under the influence begins Friday. Across the country, law enforcement officers will be doing safety checks for Operation Dry Water.

Officers in the Quad Cities will also be taking part in the campaign. Conservation officers with the Iowa and Illinois DNR will be on the Mississippi River from Lock and Dam 14 in LeClaire to Clinton from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

“It's basically to make everyone aware this weekend of boating under the influence,” said Conservation Officer Jeff Harrison with the Iowa DNR. “We're going to be looking for anyone under the influence and operating, we're going to be checking for safety, we're going to be stopping every vessel on the water to perform a safety check.”

Even though the river is high, Harrison said Operation Dry Water in the QCA should still be a go. However it could always becanceledd if conditions are deemed unsafe.

The event wascanceledd last year because of high river levels. But overall last year, the Iowa DNR reports nine people were arrested on the Mississippi for boating while intoxicated.

The DNR says people need to be aware the effects of alcohol can be intensified while out on the water.

“You've got the dehydration setting in from the sun and you've got the hot conditions that can further affect you with the amount of alcohol in your system,” said Officer Harrison.

Harrison said people should know it is ok to have a drink on the water … the real problem is with hitting and going above the .08 legal limit.

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