- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials say they’re stepping up patrols to look for boaters who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The state Department of Environmental Management says that its law enforcement division started conducting the increased patrols on Friday and will continue the effort through Sunday.

This weekend is the annual “Operation Dry Water” campaign to heighten enforcement nationwide as part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence.

DEM’s law enforcement division says stressors common to boating, such as sun, wind, noise and motion, can intensify the effects of drugs and alcohol.

Alcohol use is the leading cause of recreational boating deaths nationwide.

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