Operation Dry Water reminding boat drivers to stay sober

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It was a beautiful day at Chimney Rock Marina, a popular spot to visit Herrington Lake.

There is an increased law enforcement presence around to remind people not to boat impaired.

TJ Hampton lives along Herrington Lake and says, “make sure you definitely have a sober driver if you’re going to be drinking out on the water. definitely keep your eyes open for people swimming. Just be safe.”

Operation Dry Water is a national campaign promoting boater safety from July 5th to the 7th.

A new law signed by Governor Matt Bevin earlier this year gives conservation officers added authority to crack down on boating under the influence.

Conservation Officer Jason Wells said, “Operation Dry Water is just an effort to increase awareness about boating under the influence. It’s no different than any other weekend, we just try to increase public awareness.”

The campaign may only go on for the long weekend but it still applies all throughout the boating season.

“It is zero tolerance out here for any drinking whatsoever. So on any lake, in any public place it’s illegal to drink,” Officer Wells said.

If you do see someone impaired out on the water, call 1(800)25ALERT or call 911.

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