SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Operation Dry Water is gearing up once again in Tennessee as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.
The effort, first launched two years ago, is held during the weekend prior to July Fourth to discourage the operation of boats while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Mountain Press reports the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the State Boating Law Administrators to get the word out this year.
Statistics show that more than 20 percent of boating-related fatalities are a result of alcohol use.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)