Milford police will be patrolling area waters around Milford and its harbor this weekend in an effort “to curb drinking and boating.”

Press Information officer Jeffrey Nielsen announced the initiative in a press release this morning. He said the department’s Marine Unit will be participating in the nationally coordinated Operation Dry Water from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.

Nielsen says that the department is hoping to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).

“The mission of Operation Dry Water also brings awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water,” Nielsen said.

During the Operation Dry Water, officers will be out in force looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .08.

This weekend will include increased patrols as well as boater education. According to Nielsen, impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other serious penalties.

Operation Dry Water is a nationwide education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

For more information regarding Operation Dry Water please visit www.operationdrywater.org.