Call Now To Get Your Life Back
207-571-8146
Menu
Search

Blog Posts

Home > Blog > Fish, Game, Boating & ATV > Heightened Enforcement Period Around July 4 for Boating Under the Influence
Jul 5, 2019

Heightened Enforcement Period Around July 4 for Boating Under the Influence

Together with local police departments along the coast of Maine, the U.S. Coast Guard has announced a “heightened enforcement” period for its campaign against boating under the influence (BUI), Operation Dry Water. The heightened enforcement period comes on the weekend following July 4 and aims to keep the waterways of Maine safe from intoxicated boaters.

However, the pressure these initiatives can put on rank-and-file officers can lead to innocent people getting arrested and charged for operating under the influence (OUI), all so the police can pad their arrest numbers and claim the campaign is a success.

The Coast Guard’s Operation Dry Water

Operation Dry Water is billed as an outreach and awareness campaign by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and participating local law enforcement agencies. The goal is to decrease the number of alcohol-related deaths that happen on the country’s waterways – something they claim is the leading factor in recreational boater deaths.

According to the Coast Guard’s figures, the number of fatalities since the inauguration of Operation Dry Water in 2009 has fallen from 736 to 658 in 2017. However, those figures also show that, in the same amount of time, there have been around one million fewer recreational boat registrations in the U.S.

National and Local Agencies Behind the Initiative Betray Enforcement Goals

While the campaign stresses its interest in education, awareness, and deterrence, the latter goal seems to be the focus of the campaign and stresses the detection and arrest of boaters who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Giving this away is the emphasis on the campaign’s cooperation between Coast Guard officials and local law enforcement agencies – both of whom are in charge of arresting and charging drunk or drugged boaters rather than “raising awareness” through other channels.

Heightened Enforcement Period for Fourth of July Weekend

Recently, Operation Dry Water announced that it would be conducting its annual “heightened enforcement” period for the weekend of July Fourth – this year falling on July 6-7.

During this time, boaters in Maine can expect to see more Coast Guard patrols in the ocean and bays as well as a heightened police presence on the inland waterways, ponds, and rivers. Police say they are especially interested in detecting drugged boating and the illegal possession of marijuana in the lead-up to Maine’s legalization of the drug for recreational purposes.

OUI-Defense Attorneys at
MCD Group

An arrest and charge for boating under the influence is a severe criminal allegation that can have dire repercussions if not defended against. There are fines, potential jail time, and license suspensions that come with a conviction, especially if they involve aggravating factors like an especially high blood alcohol content or other reckless conduct. That license suspension can affect your boating license and as a criminal conviction, can trickle down and create employment problems where you’re required to maintain a clean record.

The OUI defense lawyers at
MCD Group can help. Contact us online or call our Portland law office at (207) 571-8146.

Categories

Archives

Ready to get your life back? Call now!

Ready to Get Started? Contact Our Firm Today!

If you are facing criminal charges in Maine, the attorneys at The Maine Criminal Defense Group are here to help. Call our office to speak with
one of our team members, who will discuss your case with you and set up a consultation with one of our attorneys

We Are Open For Business

In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have adjusted our policies and procedures as it pertains to in-person meetings and consultations. Effective immediately, we have suspended all in-person meetings and consultations and instead, will conduct those meetings via teleconferencing or video conferencing. This policy pertains to all clients; past, present and future. Please understand that while we may not be meeting with you, our clients in person, our legal team will continue to work on your cases and communicate with you in the same, prompt, and professional manner as always. Please be assured that whether we are physically present in our offices, or working remotely, you, the client, will not experience an interruption in the services you’ve come to expect from The Maine Criminal Defense Group. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this turbulent time.

Call Now Button