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Police Enforcing BUI's This Weekend

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This weekend is one of the busiest on area lakes, as many plan to boat and have fun on the water. Police want to remind you to follow boating rules and that it's illegal to operate a boat with greater than .08 blood alcohol content.

Not only is it illegal but Minnesota DNR Captain Greg Solo, reminds penalties on the water are the same as penalties on land. "We're trying to educate the public of the dangers of boating under the influence, how it mirrors driving under the influence the penalties are exactly the same, it effects your driving record."

Becker County Sheriff's Deputy, Cody Bouchie, will spend the weekend patrolling area lakes and says people need to realize this will be a busy weekend and they should just leave the alcohol on shore. 

"Everyone has to pay attention out there, if we could just leave the alcohol at home that would probably just solve most of the issues as far as careless operation or any kind of accidents. Accidents do happen but a lot of times alcohols involved which makes it a much more unfortunate situation."

The U.S. Coast Guard recommends the following tips to avoiding a BUI:

  • Take along a variety of cool drinks, such as sodas, water, iced tea, lemonade or non-alcoholic beer.

  • Bring plenty of food and snacks.

  • Wear clothes that will help keep you and your passengers cool.

  • Plan to limit your trip to a reasonable time to avoid fatigue. Remember that it's common to become tired more quickly on the water.

  • If you want to make alcohol part of your day's entertainment, plan to have a party ashore at the dock, in a picnic area, at a boating club, or in your backyard…. Choose a location where you'll have time between the fun and getting back into your car or boat.

  • If you dock somewhere for lunch or dinner and drink alcohol with your meal, wait a reasonable time (estimated at a minimum of an hour per drink) before operating your boat.

  • Having no alcohol while aboard is the safest way to enjoy the water — intoxicated passengers are also at risk of injury and falls overboard.

  • Spread the word on the dangers of BUI. Many recreational boaters forget that a boat is a vehicle - and that safe operation is a legal and personal responsibility.

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