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OK "Booze Cruisers" this is 4 U !

Old 07-01-2018, 05:56 AM
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OK "Booze Cruisers" this is 4 U !

Operation Dry Water out on Hillsborough County waters
TAMPA, Fla. -- Heading into the Fourth of July holiday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office wants boaters to be aware: Boat sober or face the consequences.
  • "Operation Dry Water" this week around Hillsborough County waters
  • Patrol boats to be out in full force
  • Open containers allowed but authorities will look for impaired boat drivers
This weekend, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is upping patrols, will be out in full force, and sending a stern message about the deadly dangers of boating under the influence, especially in rough weather.It's all part of the national campaign "Operation Dry Water."Master Deputy Scott Jones has been patrolling the waterways for years and has responded to any and every type of emergency. While it's supposed to be fun and adventurous, boating can be extremely dangerous."Things out here on the water can happen in a split second," Master Deputy Jones said. "Emergencies happen all the time and with drinking in the mix it makes it that much more dangerous."If you mix in alcohol with the bad weather plus lack of experience, Jones said the results can be deadly. He said boating under the influence can be even more dangerous than drinking and driving. "A lot of people don't understand in a boat you don't have breaks," Jones said.On a typical, sunny, holiday weekend, you’ll see thousands of boats out on the water. Master Deputy Jones said you could crash, get stranded, or sink.As far as the law goes, Jones said you are allowed to have open containers on your vessel but the marine units will be out in full force this Fourth of July weekend checking for impaired drivers. He said his biggest piece of advice is to pack enough life jackets for everyone on board."We've responded to incidents where they don't know where they are in the boat, they don't know how to put them on, and they don't know how to swim and that's a recipe for disaster," Master Deputy Jones said.Operation Dry Water is a year round, national campaign to raise awareness about boating under the influence but there will be heightened enforcement throughout the weekend.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:09 AM
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Yep the LEO's are doing this out in Washington State also.

I fish a lot out in the salt here, it amazes me how many folks pack coolers full of beer in their boats when they are out "fishing". This no place to play with alcohol with the cold water, often windy conditions bucking a strong tide and rough water, not to mention the reluctance of many to wear PFD's.

I think the 4th here will generate a substantial amount of revenue for the State Coffers.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:12 AM
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I don't boat or fish on holidays and weekends for obvious reasons.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:33 AM
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Boating on holidays is for rookies.
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:05 AM
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Fishing is always better when you find a whole bunch of fish in one place; like a barrel.

The population of show offs does increase on these dates. It is a party!
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:15 AM
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Lastnight I got here at our place on Okaloosa Island for the week. I'm 4 miles from Crab Island so yeah I'll be "looked at" but honestly the uniformed guys over there never give my bayboat a 2nd look, they are to busy chasing the renters on toons and jetskis that keep running over everything and everyone in their path!

Back home in TN, today the 1st starts two new boating regulations for the state: 1). If your craft is within 100ft of any officer engaged in a stop and has his blue lights on, then you must reduce your speed to idle/no wake! And the BEST regulation and one I WISH could happen in Destin, 2). The state regulation that requires all boat operators born after 1989 to have proof of an approved boating safety course, that law now applies to ALL WATERCRAFT RENTERS AS WELL!!!

Have a good & safe holiday week guys, I'll be wettin lines, sippin cool ones and enjoyin the water and week with my family. Happy 4th of July!
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It's one day I'm definitely off the of water!
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