PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As the weather heats up, more people take to the water for boating and recreational activities. But officials on river patrol keep an eye on boaters to make sure the rules of the water are followed.
The legal alcohol limit for driving a car and driving a boat is the same — .08. River patrol officers said conditions on the water mean a person can become intoxicated more quickly.
The Multnomah County River Patrol and the US Coast Guard were on the Willamette River Saturday
keeping a watchful eye on everyone in what is called Operation Dry Water.
“All these people just moving around in the area, they seem to be having a great time,” said Sgt. Steven Dangler with Multnomah County. “We’re out here, our mere presence and eduation and to insure the fact that people are boating safe, boating sober.”