Law enforcement will be increasing patrols for intoxicated boaters on Northland waters this weekend as part of the yearly Operation Dry Water campaign.
"Drunk boating is drunk driving — designate a sober ride on the water and on the road," says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which will join more than a dozen other agencies looking to stem BWIs in the state.
From 2013 to 2017, alcohol was a factor in 26 boating deaths and 46 injuries on Minnesota waters, according to federal data.
Wisconsin was the second-deadliest state for alcohol-related boating incidents in 2017 after Florida; a total of 30 people died in such incidents in Wisconsin between 2013 and 2017 and 53 people were injured.
The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin DNR are among the many agencies increasing patrols in the Badger State July 5-7.