|Updated: 6/25/2012 9:13 am
||Published: 6/22/2012 9:23 pm
This weekend law enforcement from across the nation will be patrolling the water to make sure people won’t be operating any boats under the influence.
More than 300 boaters were arrested for driving drunk last year.
When temperatures rise, troopers say people can be found at just about all lakes and rivers in Oklahoma.
"I look to make sure everyone is operating safely," said Trooper Matt Drummond.
He will be keeping a close eye on the Skiatook Lake this weekend to make sure everyone is following the rules.
FOX23 went along with Oklahoma Highway Patrol Friday as troopers began inspecting boaters for Operation Dry Water.
Drummond gave out three warnings and one sobriety test in less than an hour to boaters. The Smiths say it’s good to see law enforcement step up to patrol the waters.
"It makes it less dangerous to come to the lake. You don't have to worry about people running you over," said Kyle Smith.
Last year, there were more than 4,300 tickets handed out across the nation during the 3 day operation.
"There's kids in the water all the time and they need to be safe along with everybody else," said Savannah Smith.
That is the message troopers want to send.
"If they want to drink, which is ok, then go out and drink responsibly and don't operate your vessel and put yourself or the public at risk in getting involved in an accident or drowning," said Drummond.
Operation Dry Water will continue through Sunday.