Operation Dry Water is a national year-round awareness and enforcement program that focuses on stopping boating under the influence. Every year law-enforcement agencies around the country launch a heightened awareness campaign around the July 4 long weekend. This year’s event will take place nationwide July 5-7.
According to ODW, alcohol is responsible for 15 percent of boating fatalities. The mission of ODW is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by focusing on a stronger, more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. The program is supported by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard, BoatUS and local law enforcement agencies.