July 4th Weekend Boating Enforcement Statistics

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Conservation Officers concluded the 2017 Operation Dry Water Weekend, which this year included the July 4th holiday.  The heightened emphasis period began Saturday July 1 and ended Tuesday, July 4 at midnight.

Throughout this period, MS Conservation Officers issued:

  • 72 were alcohol and drug-related citations
  • 4 boating under the influence (BUI) citations
  • A total of 445 citations were issued

The holiday weekend was an extremely safe statewide boating weekend; fortunately, there were only two minor boating accidents.

Sadly, one drowning was reported.

Officers conducted approximately 2,800 safety checks on vessels operating on Mississippi’s public waters. Boating traffic was down slightly compared to previous years, possibly due to recent flooding from heavy rains statewide.

Conservation Officers were utilized during the holiday weekend conducting “saturation” patrols and safety checkpoints.

“Our goal is to provide the safest environment possible along Mississippi’s public waterways.” states Colonel Steve Adcock.

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