During the weekend of June 22-24, Virginia Conservation Police with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will be conducting intensive patrols on the James River, Appomattox River, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Tidewater area and across the state waterways in an effort to deter boating under the influence (BUI). In addition to increased patrols, Virginia Conservation Police will be participating with other law enforcement agencies in a series of boat safety checkpoints. Boat operators will be requested to show that their vessel contains the required safety equipment. Boat operators found to be under the influence of alcohol will be arrested, taken to a magistrate and required to defend their actions in the court of law. Penalties for BUI include up to a $2,500 fine, one year in jail, or both, in addition to loss of boating privileges for one year.
To find more about boating laws and boat safety requirements in Virginia, visit the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ website at www.dgif.virginia.gov. To find more out about Operation Dry Water visit http://operationdrywater.org.