Game wardens, park rangers out in force at Lake Mead - 8 News NOW

Game wardens, park rangers out in force at Lake Mead

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Boater passing sobriety check at Lake Mead Friday Boater passing sobriety check at Lake Mead Friday
Boater passes sobriety check at Lake Mead Friday Boater passes sobriety check at Lake Mead Friday

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Thousands of people are packing up their coolers and heading to Lake Mead this weekend and for the Fourth of July.

Many of them could face hefty fines as multiple jurisdictions patrol the water for people who are boating and drinking. It is being called Operation Dry Water.

8 News NOW road along with game wardens and saw some boating safety citations handed out, along with a few field-sobriety tests. All the boaters were within the legal limit.

Operation Dry Water took effect Friday morning and runs through the weekend. Game wardens from Nevada and Arizona along with park rangers are out in force at Lake Mead and Lake Mojave.

They are trying to send a message now before the busy Fourth of July holiday. Drinking and boating could land you a night in jail, hundreds of dollars in fines, community service and an impounded boat.

They say many of the people they encounter don't realize the effects of alcohol are amplified on the lake.

“On the boat, there are more distractions, more people, you can go anyway you want unlike a roadway, lots of people going around you, and in the water your eyes get more tired because of the sun, the waves and the wind,” game warden Nicholas Gilliland said.

Game warden Nicholas Gilliland says if you head to Lake Mead and break any rules expect to be pulled over. They are also checking for up-to-date licenses, working fire extinguishers and life jackets for everyone on board.

Last year, during in this same national effort, officers made 290 arrests and issued more 17,000 citations.

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