- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard and local police marine units are taking part in a national program aimed at cracking down on boaters who operate vessels while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The three-day campaign dubbed Operation Dry Water kicked off Friday and runs through Sunday. Coast Guard crews and local law enforcement officers are focusing their efforts on detecting impaired boaters and educating the public about boating while intoxicated.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is among the agencies participating in the campaign. The office’s Marine Unit patrols the Niagara River and the increasingly popular Lake Erie waterfront in Buffalo, home to marinas, Canalside and other aquatic attractions.

Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009, with the Coast Guard partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

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