Joel Crabtree photo
Joel Crabtree photo
During Operation Dry Water weekend, a nationwide law enforcement campaign from June 29 to July 1 to curb drinking and boating, Maine game wardens reported very heavy boating traffic, as the hot weather prompted people to take to the water. Eighty game wardens participated in the three-day boating safety campaign. They spent over 1,200 hours enforcing recreational boating activity, inspecting nearly 2,500 watercraft with 5,400 operators and passengers. The most common violations encountered by game wardens generally relate to safety equipment, registration requirements, safe operation and boating while intoxicated. More than 100 summonses and 328 warnings were issued to boaters last weekend. Eight people were arrested for boating while intoxicated, with the highest blood alcohol content (BAC) coming in at .22 BAC — Maine’s BAC limit being .08 for those 21 years old or more. Game wardens encountered close to 50 non-boating-related violations as well, two of which pertained to adults who provided a location for minors to consume alcohol. Maine’s game wardens will remain focused on keeping waterways safe this summer and will remove operators from the water who are found drinking and boating. Shown here, Maine game warden surveilling boating activity on Sebago Lake.