Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct Operation Dry Water June 26th through the 28th, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence. During the three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired. Boating under the influence continues to be a major problem nationwide. In fact, the leading factor in boater related deaths is alcohol use. CPW also reminds boaters that it’s just as dangerous to operate a boat under the influence of marijuana as it is alcohol. The penalties for doing so are also identical. Many lakes, reservoirs and rivers in Colorado are considered public property, so open display or use of marijuana is also illegal. In Colorado boaters whose blood alcohol content level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties including having your vessel impounded, payment of fines, jail time and loss of boating privileges. For more information on Operation Dry Water, click here.