TWRA cracking down on intoxicated boaters

Chickamauga Lake


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency participated in Operation Dry Water during the fourth of July holiday weekend.

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The TWRA along with the Coast Guard and National Association of Boating Law Administration started this campaign in 2009.

Boating officers want boaters to know that operating a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher is illegal in Tennessee.

Recently, wildlife officers have seen a slight increase in BUI numbers.

David Holt is a patrol officer in the Hamilton County area.

“Throughout the state we are up on our numbers a little bit on boating under the influence cases. But it is something that occurs year in and year out that we try to cut down to a minimum as much as we can because many of the accidents that we work unfortunately have alcohol impairment as a contributing factor and we want to limit that as much as possible,” says Holt.

addition to keeping drunk boaters to a minimal, officers were also checking for life jackets and other important boating safety items.

This campaign runs every year near the fourth of July.