The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is ramping up its patrols for Operation Dry Water this weekend (June 28-30).
Eileen Corson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources tells AkronNewsNow.com what boaters should expect.
"We want to remind boaters across Ohio to boat smart and boat safe, and always to travel with a sober boater."
The program is an educational tool used to bring awareness to recreational boaters about the dangers of using alcohol and drugs while boating.
Corson says the ODNR as well as other law enforcement agencies will be increasing their presence on the waterways to look out for impaired boaters.
"Our watercraft officers will have an increased presence, along with officers across the nation will have an increased presence on the waterways reminding people not to drink and boat."
ODNR officials say alcohol is one of the biggest contributors to boating-related fatalities.
Corson offers boaters and passengers some tips for staying safe on the water not only this weekend, but for the rest of the summer.
"Do not overload your boat, make sure there's a safe number of people on your boat, make sure there's a correct number of personal flotation devices," she said.
"We encourage boaters to enjoy their time out on the water, just make sure you enjoy it responsibly."