The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources along with County Sheriff's offices, State Patrol and others will step up the watch for drunken boaters this weekend. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign aimed at deterring boating while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. The campaign runs Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7.

In 2018, alcohol was a factor in half of the deadly boating accidents in Minnesota. Just like DWI, BWI carries a hefty price. If convicted of Boating While Intoxicated, expect to have your boating privileges taken away for 90 days. This penalty will be enforced between May 1 and October 31. If need be it could carry over to the next year. A 90 day jail sentence and or a $1,000 fine is also possible. The penalty will be more severe if convicted while manning a boat with an individual 16 or younger in the boat.