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DNR cracking down on drunk boating during Fourth of July weekend

Extra enforcement will be on and around lakes July 5-7.

Impaired boaters will be the target of law enforcement during Fourth of July weekend in Minnesota, with the DNR, State Patrol and local sheriff's offices and police all on the lookout July 5-7. 

The extra enforcement is part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign geared toward stopping people from boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

The federal blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) for operating watercraft is .08, the same as Minnesota's drunk driving limit. 

Impaired boat operators will be arrested and boats and other vessels may be impounded, in addition to fines and loss of boating and/or driving privileges. 

According to the DNR, 30 percent of fatal boat accidents in Minnesota involve alcohol. 

There were 14 boating deaths in Minnesota in 2018, all of the victims being male. 

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