- Associated Press - Monday, June 26, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says it’s joining a national effort to promote boating safety.

The agency says Operation Dry Water will take place Friday until Sunday to promote boating safety and encourage responsible alcohol use while boating.

Joe Keeton, boating law administrator, says officials want to make sure that recreational boaters, paddlers, kayakers and others are safe while enjoying South Dakota waters. Keeton says alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time on the water, just as it does to people driving cars.

Game, Fish and Parks plans to have extra boating safety patrols statewide.

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