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Coast Guard cracks down on drunk boating

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Coast Guard crews on the Great Lakes have already given out more than 40 tickets this weekend to boaters suspected of being drunk, part of a larger crackdown called “Dry Water.”

Lake Michigan boater Josh Witherspoon said he had his boat checked.

“They hopped on. They were passing out safety seals,” said Witherspoon. Witherspoon was sober but he was missing some important paperwork. “I didn’t have my title with me that day but otherwise everything else was up to date so no, I think it’s great that they’re doing this.”

“The consequences from the Coast Guard are a maximum of a year in jail along with a $5,000 fine,” said Petty Officer Brennan Coles.

Coles says they’re checking for the usual – registration stickers, life vests and approved equipment but they’re also watching for signs of drunk boating.

“Altering speed dramatically, altering courses, just like you said, driving one way and then turning around on the river is very big with that too, we'll see that more so on the river than on the lake,” said Coles.

“The stricter they are with guidelines in the water the safer it would be for everybody, especially on really busy days,” said Witherspoon.

 

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