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JACKSON • During the four-day holiday period, state conservation officers handed out nearly 400 tickets to boaters and people enjoying the water a little too much.

According to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Col. Steve Adcock, a total of 386 citations were issued during the 2019 Operation Dry Water Weekend. The enforcement period began July 4 and concluded at midnight Sunday, July 7. Of those citations, 35 were alcohol and drug related and 11 were for Boating Under the Influence.

The mission of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

“Our goal is to provide the safest environment possible along Mississippi’s public waterways,” Adcock said. “This year was no different. Operation Dry Water was a success.”

During the holiday enforcement period, all available conservation officers conducted saturation patrols and safety checkpoints. Officers conducted approximately 2,000 safety checks on vessels operating on Mississippi’s public waters.

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