If sipping a cocktail when the sun comes out is your idea of fun, authorities say it's essential to make sure it doesn't require you to get behind the wheel of a car or boat.
Law enforcement officers in the Tri-Cities will be out in force beginning today, looking for impaired drivers and boaters.
Statewide, marine officers will be cracking down on impaired boaters during a special three-day enforcement dubbed Operation Dry Water.
"We intend to stop intoxicated boaters and to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of boating under the influence," said Franklin County Deputy Mark Boyer.
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Boaters whose blood-alcohol level is over the 0.08 percent limit can be jailed for BUI, which is a primary contributing factor in nearly one in five boating fatalities, authorities said.
Extra summer DUI patrols also begin today and continue through July 8 as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement crackdown.
In the Tri-Cities, the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, West Richland and Prosser police departments, Benton County and Franklin County sheriff's offices and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in the extra enforcement.
Police encourage people to take a taxi, use a designated, sober driver or celebrate without alcohol to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.
In 2010, 52 percent of the 460 traffic deaths across the state involved impaired drivers, officials said.
In the Tri-Cities, there were 16 traffic deaths in 2010, and 10 involved drivers under the influence of alcohol of drugs.
The Walla Walla police and sheriff's office also will participated in the summer DUI patrols, which are funded through the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and supported by traffic safety task forces in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.