Patrols increase for boating under the influence

Patrols increase for boating under the influence

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is one of many agencies across the nation participating in “Operation Dry Water.”

From June 30 through July 2, extra patrols will be looking for boaters operating under the influence.

This includes any water vessel, even kayaks and canoes

“We want everybody to be safe on the water, we don’t want people to get injured,” said Deputy Jacob Safford with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. “This weekend we are anticipating there to be a lot more boat traffic out, so the river is probably going to be pretty crowded out there so basically just be respectful of everybody,” he said.

If you are caught for a BUI, you could face up to $5,000 in fines.

Deputies also urge you to call them if you see anyone under the influence loading a boat, or arriving back to shore while operating on the water.