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 the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up to curb intoxicated drivers and boaters through "Operation Dry Water," a national event aimed to stop intoxicated boating. 

As Coloradans and visitors plan to head to the mountains, a state park, or even the water this Fourth of July Weekend, law enforcement and state park officials will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and boaters. 

Specifically, the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up to curb intoxicated drivers and boaters through "Operation Dry Water," a national event aimed to stop intoxicated boating. 

"Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in all fatal boating accidents, we have already had numerous arrests related to alcohol violations this year, please boat and drive safe," said Michael Haskins, park ranger at Chatfield State Park in a release. 

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use led to 113 deaths and 221 injuries in the 2019 boating season. 

Additionally, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation and over 90 local agencies across the state, the state patrol will have extra enforcement patrolling the roadways in search of impaired drivers and DUI checkpoints in place.

The "It's Not Complicated" campaign kicked-off on Friday and will continue through Monday. 

Last year, during the same period 171 impaired drivers were arrested, despite lower numbers of travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver Gazette previously reported. 

"Regardless if you are going to be on land or water, operating any equipment while impaired can change your life forever," said Master Trooper Gary Cutler of the state patrol. "Too often these incidents result in tragedy even though there are safe alternatives. Our Troopers will be out enforcing these violations and have zero tolerance for impaired drivers. 

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