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GFP News - July 3, 2015

Reminder to Practice Safe Boating during
the Fourth of July Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. -- With the peak boating season well underway and the Fourth of July holiday weekend upon us, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) again wants to inform boaters on the importance of boating safety and responsible use of alcohol while boating.

Operation Dry Water took place last weekend, June 26-28, 2015, and over that three day period 57 officers took part in 11 different boating safety operations across the state with 1,314 boaters contacted and 376 boats inspected. 

“Overall boating safety compliance by the boating public is good,” stated Brandon Gust, GFP boating law administrator. “Boating under the influence does, however, continue to be an issue. It is our hope that participation in the Operation Dry Water national effort raises the awareness of the dangers of drinking and boating, especially going into the holiday weekend.”    

As a result of those boating safety inspections, 13 written citations were issued along with 61 written warnings.  Nine individuals were arrested for BUI (boating under influence) and one individual was arrest for DUI (driving under influence). 

"Boating is all about having fun. Our boating safety patrols have a secondary role of law enforcement," Gust said. "Our primary goal is to share the message with the boating public that safety is the most important factor to a fun outing. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable boating season."


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