MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's Operation Dry Water campaign will be in effect on state waters this weekend to seek out impaired boat operators in East Tennessee. The campaign will take place specifically from June 30 through July 2.
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Operation Dry Water is a national Boating Under the Influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign, the goal of which is to reduce alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
Specific teams of officials will be located at Douglas, Norris and Ft. Loudoun reservoirs during the campaign.
On Friday, June 30, from 7 until 9:30 p.m., officers will be on the lookout for impaired boaters at the entrance to Flat Creek on Douglas Lake, and at the mouth of Cedar Creek on Norris Lake.
On Saturday, July 1, teams will focus on the lake around Lenoir City Park on Ft. Loudoun Lake for the "Rockin' the Docks" festival, and around Sequoyah Marina on Norris Lake for the "Fire on the Water" fireworks show.
Officers will also be looking for impaired boaters on other lakes across the region.
50 statewide BUI arrests have already been made this boating season, and 25 of those have come from East Tennessee waterways.