HUNTINGDON COUNTY Pa. (WTAJ)– This 4th of July, various groups of officials will have Boating Under the Influence(BUI) checkpoints over the weekend to catch anyone operating a boat or car under the influence.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transport (PENNDOT) will be teaming up with Pa. state police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to have multiple checkpoints in the area.
July 2 to July 4 will be Operation Dry Water at Raystown Lake which is a nationally coordinated event to make sure that any person driving a boat is not under the influence of alcohol. WCOs are trained to spot any signs of impairment while boating and will conduct sobriety tests on the water.
The Pennsylvania State Police along with local law enforcement will have patrols on roadways along with checkpoints.
According to the FBC there were 60 under-the-influence boating accidents in 2020 which is 45 more than there were in 2019.
Boaters are to remember that the legal limit is .08% blood alcohol concentration and they will be charged with boating under the influence (BUI) if found over the legal limit operating any watercraft powered or unpowered.
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