Game Wardens on high alert for anyone boating under the influence

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s Conservation Wardens will be on high alert this Fourth of July weekend for boaters operating under the influence.

According to the DNR this weekend is one the busiest times for Wisconsin waterways which means they’ll be focusing their enforcement efforts on the state’s most populated rivers and lakes.

DNR representatives said alcohol is the leading cause of death in recreational boating. 

In an effort to save lives the DNR is participating in Operation Dry Water which seeks to remove impaired drivers from the water preventing potentially devastating consequences.

Conservation Warden Austin Schumacher said the goal this weekend is to keep everyone safe and encouraged people to wear life jackets.

“Personal flotation devices save lives,” he said. “Having a life jacket–a wearable life jacket on board for everyone that’s on that boat is super important in the case of an emergency or bad weather.”

So far this year in Wisconsin 13 people have died in boating related accidents.