The fireworks had just ended July 4th a year ago, when celebration became calamity. Boats were heading to shore after a night of fun when there was a horrific collision involving three vessels.
In an effort to promote safety on the water on the final day of the Labor Day holiday, officers from a nearly a dozen different agencies were out in force checking for boaters under the influence and looking for violations, like speeding through no wake zones.
Boaters who are not following the rules of the water could see law enforcement pulling up to the bows of their boats.
The weather forecast looks good for the upcoming Labor Day weekend and that means plenty of South Floridians will be out on the water fishing, diving or just cruising in their boats.
After several high-profile boating deaths, police are showing boaters they are not going to tolerate anyone operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol.
Boating under the influence, BUI, is a serious issue and continues to be a major problem across the nation. In an effort to raise awareness and crackdown on BUIs, local and nationwide officials will launch Operation Dry Water from June 28-30th.
A day on the water can be a lot of fun over the July 4th holiday weekend, but state and local enforcement agencies want all boaters to play it safe.