TWRA boating officers have been out in full force since the 4th of July as part of Operation Dry Water. It’s annual weekend of boating under the influence awareness started by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

TWRA wants Tennessee boaters to be safe on the water this summer, and Wildlife Officer David Holt says that includes not getting stuck with a BUI.

“If you're out on the water and you're drinking please make sure you have a sober operator that's always in proper control,” Holt said.

Holt has been paying special attention to boating under the influence for the past few days of Operation Dry Water. So far, Holt says TWRA has arrested 7 people statewide and one in Hamilton County. He says finding these boaters who've been drinking is vital to stopping accidents before they happen.

“It is a major contributing factor in much of the boating accidents that we see across the state of Tennessee,” Holt said.

Holt says Operation Dry Water isn't about stopping people from boating and having a good time. He just warns people to be cautious.

“Getting complacent, thinking that we're out here just for fun and water can't hurt us, that's just not the case,” he said.

He says caution starts with boating safe and always picking a sober driver.

During last year's Operation Dry Water there were a total of 9 BUI arrests in Tennessee. If you're caught boating under the influence, you can lose your boating license, have your boat impounded and face fines or even jail time.