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Coast Guard hopes random boardings will help cut down on deaths

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 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water. They want to crack down on impaired boaters.

Part of that plan involved random boardings of watercraft to check for proper equipment and conduct field sobriety tests if they think a boater might be impaired.

Some boaters like John Spicer wonder if they're going too far.  "My feeling personally? They're really coming down too hard on it." Spicer says the key is boaters taking responsibility for their actions and says he always plays it safe. "If we're gonna take a hot rod out, we'll life jacket up, always have a kill switch on,  always have your life jacket your safety gear, everything in place and be prepared for anything because you never know what's gonna happen out on the lake."

But Petty Officer Chris Sarandes from the Coast Guard says these stops save lives. "The number of fatalities, any type of collisions, accidents, when alcohol is involved fatalities is highly increased so it's a pretty big deal."

He says last year's blitz resulted in ten arrests.






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