STATEWIDE- 2020’s Operation Dry Water is officially wrapped up.
According to a Tom Reardon, a Maine Marine Patrol Officer, there have been factors that affected how many people ended up getting on boats during this years’ July 4 weekend.
“So we’ve seen a high rate of compliance and we we’ve seen the boats in general. I think the weather has played a factor in that, we’ve had a lot of fog. Today’s been rather foggy so the traffic’s down quite a but we’re still engaging with a lot of boaters along the maine coast line,” Reardon said.
With cases of COVID-19 still on the rise in Maine, Reardon said that he just hasn’t seen as many boats on the waters this year compared to years’ past.
“It’s hard to rate them both, we’re seeing a lot of boats in the morning and a lot of boats are in port so we are excited to see them come out but with the fog and the wind and probably a bit of covid concerns have kept people home,” he said.
According to a statement from Marine Patrol officials, last year over 700 local, state, and federal agencies across the country participated in Operation Dry Water and they contacted almost 300 thousand boaters, made 563 boating under the influence arrests, and issued 34,976 citations and warnings for safety violations.
In Maine during that same time, the marine patrol checked hundreds of recreational boats during Operation Dry Water details along the Maine coast, which resulted in 30 citations for boating violations and three boating under the influence cases.
“We like to bring education and awareness in a safety profile. We’re looking for folks to take a good look at their safety gear and then keep reminders of the fact that alcohol and boating definitely don’t mix,” Reardon said.