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Ramped up BWI patrols on the water for 4th holiday

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Take that cooler out on the boat with you, but be cautious in what you pour and who imbibes.

The Associated Press warns that the officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plan to be on the water and on the lookout this holiday weekend. Expect additional enforcement in an Independence Day crackdown on drunken boaters.

The additional patrols are part of Operation Dry Water, a national weekend of boating-while-intoxicated education and enforcement. The campaign is geared at reducing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in 33 percent of Minnesota's deadly accidents on the water in 2012. Last year, 158 people were arrested for BWI in Minnesota.

The blood alcohol level for operating a boat in Minnesota is the same as the legal limit for driving a car.

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