Coast Guard, DNR tackle drunken boating

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If you're planning to be out on a lake or the Bay this weekend, police say you better have a sober driver on your boat. The Coast Guard and DNR are on a lookout for drunk drivers on Maryland's waterways, The Capital Gazette reports.

It's all part of Operation Dry Water, a national anti-drunken boating initiative.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard says the agency is using the time before the busy Fourth of July holiday to remind the public of the dangers of impaired boating.

The Coast Guard will be on the lookout for boating operators whose blood alcohol level is above the legal 0.08 percent.

According to the Coast Guard, 17 percent of boating fatalities last year were a result of drunken boating.

Anne Arundel County Delegate Don Dwyer was sentenced to 30 days behind bars after he pleaded guilty to driving a boat while intoxicated last August. Prosecutors say Dwyer and eight others were injured when his boat collided with another boat in the Magothy River. His blood alcohol level was 0.24, three times the legal limit.