STATELINE, Nev. — Whether on the water or the beach this Fourth of July weekend, local, state and federal authorities will be on the lookout for bad behavior and scofflaws.
Throughout the Stateline casino core area, Zephyr Cove and Nevada Beach, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Nevada Highway Patrol will have increased patrol personnel on duty, as well as in Carson Valley, to handle calls for service and traffic enforcement, particularly targeting speeding and intoxicated drivers.
Patrol boats from all the jurisdictions surrounding Lake Tahoe will be on the water this weekend, including the US Coast Guard Lake Tahoe who is also participating in Operation Dry Water from July 2-4. The operation is a nationwide outreach and enforcement campaign with the goal of raising awareness about boating under the influence.
U.S. Coast Guard 2019 data reveal that alcohol use remains the primary known contributing factor recreational boater deaths.
“The July 4th weekend means an increase in boating activity on Nevada’s waters,” according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “Unfortunately, it also means an increase in drinking related accidents as well. That’s why game wardens from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, along with law enforcement agencies from across the state, will be out in force this holiday weekend targeting boaters operating under the influence as part of Operation Dry Water.”
“Boating is a great way to spend the Fourth of July weekend,” said Nevada’s Boating Law Administrator Capt. Brian Bowles. “But drinking and boating is a recipe for disaster. Our job is the safety of everyone on the water, and if you’re putting people in danger by drinking and boating you could be leaving the lake in handcuffs.”
Open containers of alcohol are prohibited at Nevada Beach and are subject to confiscation for destruction and