Indiana summer brings warm weather, family gatherings, fun on the beach and open water. Indiana boasts more than 550 square miles of waterways and some of the most beautiful and enjoyable lakes and rivers. Boating, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming are recreational pastimes enjoyed by many Indiana residents. Keeping our state’s waterways safe is of utmost importance and a tremendous responsibility.
The most recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that boating while under the influence is still the leading factor in fatal boating accidents. Nearly 17% of boating fatalities are a direct result of alcohol or drug use. Alcohol and water fun does not mix. Detecting and stopping boaters who operate under the influence of alcohol and drugs is an important step to ensuring the safety to all who enjoy the rivers and lakes.
In an effort to address this serious problem, The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), working with the states, the U.S. Coast Guard and other partner agencies, coordinates Operation Dry Water. Dry Water is a weekend-long focus on reduction and enforcement of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities on national waterways. The program is designed to foster a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.
Our firm believes that Indiana residents should enjoy their free time and their holidays in safety. We applaud the NASBLA’s efforts to help keep our waterways safe and encourage every Indiana resident to do their part to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer.