From Staff Reports
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported no boating-related fatalities and only six statewide serious injury boating incidents over the July the Fourth holiday weekend which includes the annual Operation Dry Water.
The TWRA did report, however, 21 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests over the holiday weekend which ran from July 2-5. The arrests were an increase from the 11 recorded in 2020. Thirteen of the BUI arrests came in TWRA Region II (Middle Tennessee area). In addition to the serious injury incidents, there were seven property damage incidents.
Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Operation Dry Water is held with the Independence Day holiday to give boating under the influence (BUI) enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season.
The TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Division compiled this year’s holiday statistics after receiving reports from the agency’s four regions.