Kentucky law enforcement ramping up 'Operation Dry Water' campaign

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(WYMT/WKYT) - Expect to see more law enforcement patrolling the water if you are out there this weekend.

Sister station WKYT reports the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with other agencies, has made more than 3,500 charges for boating under the influence as part of its 'Operation Dry Water' campaign.

As lakes and rivers are busy during the summer season, law enforcement will have an increased presence. This is thanks to a new law which gives conservation officers authority to crack down on boating under the influence.

"If there's an accident that has included personal injury or property damage, if we are not present but show up at the time, if we determine the operator of the boat was under the influence, we can go ahead and make the arrest on that. It's enough probable cause," said Fish and Wildlife Officer Matthew Hartley.

Officers will also be keeping an eye out for safety requirements, such as life jackets and fire extinguishers.

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