Reducing and Preventing BUI
Agencies are working together at public events or as part of a program help reduce BUI. At Seafair local law enforcement, State Parks and the USCG partner together to help enforce and educate. Thanks to these dedicated efforts, rates of drunk boating and alcohol involved accidents during Seafair have reduced in recent years.
Mass media campaigns help spread messages about the physical and legal consequences of drunk boating. They help persuade people not to drink and boat and encourage them to keep other boaters from doing so. Campaigns are most effective when supporting other impaired driving prevention strategies. The national campaign for BUI is the Operation Dry Water campaign. This annual campaign is focused on the detection and enforcement of BUI and to raise awareness among all boaters that it is unsafe and illegal to operate a boat impaired. This effort is timed to give BUI enforcement high visibility before the Fourth of July.