Recreation Officials say there will be extra patrols on Minnesota lakes over the Fourth of July weekend looking for intoxicated boaters.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the weekend crackdown is part of the nationwide Operation Dry Water, which seeks to highlight the dangers of boating while drunk or high. The operation is slated to run from July 5th to July 7th.
In Minnesota, the legal limit for boaters is the same as it is for drivers. First time offenders could face a $1,000 fine, possible jail time and loss of motorboat privileges for 90 days.
According to the DNR, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota in the last two years, have involved alcohol.