Police cracking down on drunk boaters

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have a stern warning for anyone that will be on the water this weekend.

Conservation officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are stepping up their patrols, looking for drunk boaters.

They will be out on the James and Appomattox rivers and even Lake Chesdin and others across the state.

Don't think you can get away with it, because there will be checkpoints set up.

They'll be like the ones police set up on the roads. Officers will give you a breath test to check if you've been drinking.

It is part of "Operation Dry Water," a national effort to keep people safe on the water.

It is illegal to drive a boat with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

Police say don't drink or prepare to get locked up.

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