‘Operation Dry Water’ saw 227 citations, 10 arrests for boating while intoxicated

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 700 vessels containing more than 2,200 boaters were stopped as part of Operation Dry Water during the last weekend of June.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources along with partner agencies issued 227 citations or warnings during the Operation Dry Water campaign. While most of the violations and warnings involved the proper use of safety equipment onboard, 10 arrests for boating while intoxicated were made during the effort.

The operation was intended to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence going into the July Fourth holiday weekend, traditionally one of the busiest times for vessels on Iowa waters.