Sarasota News Leader

07/04/2013

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CRIME BLOTTER A wide variety of vessels are berthed at the docks in Bayfront Park in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel ARRESTS MADE, CITATIONS ISSUED DURING OPERATION DRY WATER The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office conducted 23 vessel inspections; issued three Uniform Boating Citations and seven written Boating Safety warnings; and made one Boating Under the Influence arrest during Operation Dry Water, a national Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign held June 28-30, the office has announced. notes. "Alcohol limits are the same on the water as on the road," it points out. "Anyone caught boating with .08 blood alcohol content or above can be arrested." According to the United States Coast Guard, alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2012, the news release continues, and it was listed as the sole Additionally, two teens were arrested Satur- leading factor in 17 percent of fatalities from day, June 29, for underage alcohol possession, recreational boating accidents. according to a news release. "While this operation has ended, Marine PaOver the course of the operation's three days, trol deputies continue to be vigilant and will activities included increased patrols, life jack- increase patrols again throughout the Fourth et checks and boater education, the release of July holiday weekend," the release adds.

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