Increased boat patrols this weekend

DANE COUNTY, Wis.(WMTV) Boaters and paddlers using Wisconsin lakes this weekend should expect to see increased patrols.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is participating in the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water.

"We intend to stop and remove intoxicated boaters from our lakes and rivers. We also will take the time to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of Boating Under the Influence," said Lt. Adam Hanna.

He went on to say alcohol is a leading factor in boating fatalities.

Wisconsin law says impaired operators are people who have a blood alcohol level over the state limit of 0.08 percent.

Wisconsin saw 25 boating fatalities in 2017, and 79 people injured.

The weekend's increased patrols are funded by a federal grant.