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DNR ramping up drinking enforcement on the river

LA CROSSE, Wis. - If you're heading out boating anytime soon, be extra careful when it comes to alcohol.

The DNR is ramping up enforcement as part of its Operation Dry Water campaign. They say impaired boating is one of the leading factors for boating accidents and injuries.

It's not illegal to drink on the water, but it is illegal to be impaired while operating a boat.

The DNR says the campaign isn't about ruining peoples' fun, it's about keeping people safe. "Most people, they think wardens are picking on them because they're out there having fun and they're drinking, but I would much rather arrest you for being under the influence of an intoxicant than have to notify your family that you were involved in a fatal boat accident," said DNR Conservation Warden Edward McCann.

Even if you're not driving, it's important to be careful with alcohol because it takes longer for emergency crews to reach you on the water.

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