Authorities on alert for drunken boating on Lake Tahoe this weekend |

Authorities on alert for drunken boating on Lake Tahoe this weekend

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada Department of Wildlife and several agencies will ramp up enforcement this weekend of boating under the influence laws in Nevada at Lake Tahoe and other water bodies.

According to an NDOW statement, the June 26-28 three-day campaign, Operation Dry Water, is an annual one that focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In Nevada, the National Park Service in Southern Nevada and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office are also participating.

"It's our job to make sure boaters stay safe, and in Nevada we've seen too many serious and even fatal accidents caused by drunken boating," said David Pfiffner, Nevada's boating law administrator. "… We need to remind boaters that boating under the influence is not only dangerous, but it's also a serious crime that results in heavy fines and even jail time."

In Nevada it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher — same as it is to operate a vehicle.

To offer details about how to be a safe and sober boating, NDOW will post a podcast about this event on Friday at

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