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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — North Carolina Wildlife Officers are on a special mission this weekend. It’s called Operation Dry water and it’s part of a national campaign to highlight the dangers of boating while intoxicated. 

Operation Dry Water is held annually near the Fourth of July weekend, a time where the numbers for alcohol and boaters are the highest. 

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Officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints. That’s because data from the U.S. Coast Guard shows alcohol use is the primary contributing factor to recreational boater deaths 

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Officers are reminding people to wear a life jacket. Reports estimate 86% of people who drowned in recreational boating incidents weren’t wearing a life jacket. 

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