Wildlife and Fisheries prepares for Operation Dry Water Weekend - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Wildlife and Fisheries prepares for Operation Dry Water Weekend

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Departments are gearing up for their Operation Dry Water campaign starting tomorrow.

This is the third year for the Dry Water campaign by Wildlife and Fisheries. The campaign focuses on preventing boaters from drinking and driving on the water. When it comes to drinking laws on the water, they're not much different than the laws of the road.

Sergeant David Sanford, a 14-year agent, says the goal is to find boat drivers under the influence and get them off the water.

"It's basic public safety, for everyone around you as well as the persons that are onboard the vessel with you," said Sanford. "It's a danger to the public and we just don't need it."

Wildlife and Fisheries will increase their patrol this weekend, and Sanford says if you're suspected of drinking and driving, the procedure on the water and the road are the same.

"The standardized field sobriety tests that we do, just like say a trooper would do on the highway, we do it here," said Sanford. "We bring them back to the dock and do it there, if we find that that person fails the field sobriety, we transport them to the Sheriff's Office." 

Also the same as a DUI on the road, are the consequences.

"The penalties are the same," said Sanford. "You get your license revoked. Your boat's subject to be towed. It's absolutely no different than driving down interstate ten."

Agents also do boating safety checks to ensure safety of everyone on the boat. Sanford says there's also been an increasing problem with a law passed three years ago.

"People are either just not abiding by it or they're just not aware of it," said Sanford.

Boats must operate no faster than an idle speed within 300 feet of any boat launch or boat dock.

"We have boat launches on the Calcasieu River, several of them that the people are still operating on step within 300 feet of them," said Sanford. "It's a big problem."

Sanford says agents will continue to patrol those areas, and ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

"Regardless if there's signs or buoys or anything there or not, it is still the law," said Sanford.

The Wildlife agents will also be watching for jet skis. Sanford says careless operation is a big problem with people on jet skis because they ride to close to other jet skis or boats, like jumping boat wakes.

Sanford also warns boat operators: if your license is suspended in a vehicle, you cannot legally drive a boat.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    One child dead, another in stable condition after boating accident on Sabine River

    One child dead, another in stable condition after boating accident on Sabine River

    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:14:39 GMT
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

    More >>

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

    More >>
  • Dog abandoned at local vet gets second chance

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:16:58 GMT

    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

    More >>

    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers possible during the eclipse; Scattered storms likely all week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers possible during the eclipse; Scattered storms likely all week

    Sunday, August 20 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:53:00 GMT
    A few showers possible Monday for the eclipseA few showers possible Monday for the eclipse

    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear. Temperatures will slowly fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Monday, the day of the eclipse, there is just a 30% chance of rain, so we will most likely have a few clouds during the time of the eclipse. There could be a few showers around the peak of the eclipse, but more likely, at least some clouds. 

    More >>

    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear. Temperatures will slowly fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Monday, the day of the eclipse, there is just a 30% chance of rain, so we will most likely have a few clouds during the time of the eclipse. There could be a few showers around the peak of the eclipse, but more likely, at least some clouds. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly