|Published:||Jun 22, 2012 8:18 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 22, 2012 10:29 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla.- The Collier County Sheriff's Office along with three other agencies are out on the water today as part of "Operation Dry Water."
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Jorge Pino said, "If you are intoxicated and operating a vessel we will take your boat, take you to jail, and you won't be able to enjoy the rest of the weekend."
This crackdown on drunk boaters comes just as the latest statistics from the FWC are released. In 2011, Lee County ranked 5th in the state for the number of boating accidents, with two fatalities and 24 injuries. Collier County ranked 7th in the state, with one fatality and 18 injuries.
Boater Zeak Schriver said, "A lot of reckless driving out here and people are not aware how it is and they get on boat and go and they hope things fall into place and there needs to be enforcement for knowledge."
"People need to pay attention on water because what you do affects everyone out here," said boater Daniel McCreary.
Operation Dry Water is part of a national effort that lasts throughout the weekend, but crackdowns like this one do go on all year long. The next official one will be July 4th weekend.