(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Marine Patrol Officers will be going up and down the coast this weekend patrolling the waters and enforcing sober boating. The national campaign, called Operation Dry Water, works to decrease boating under the influence (BUI) awareness. Experts say alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States. It also plays a large role in water recreation deaths among adults.
Last year in Maine, Marine Patrol Officers checked over 70 boaters during the event and issued zero BUI violations, which they say is a sign that education and publicity works. This weekend officers are not only looking for violations, but also working to educate boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The boating law is the same as the driving law, with 0.08 percent being the maximum blood alcohol level allowed.