FORT WAYNE, Ind, (WFFT) -- Every year, hundreds of people flock to Indiana lakes during the fourth of July to spend time on the water and celebrate.
It's a fun time, but with so many people on the lake, Shaun Mack's family takes extra precautions during the Independence Day weekend.
"There's so many little kids with us. If we had some older kids, we'd probably get out a little bit more to the middle of the lake," Mack said. "We like to spend out time around the outside edges and really be careful what time of day it is because there is so many people."
Indiana DNR conservation officers will be out there too, watching more than normal this weekend for boaters who may have too much spirit.
Officers will be enforcing Operation Dry Water.
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"Operation dry water is a nationwide, year-long campaign that focuses on enforcement of intoxicated boaters while they're out on the water," says conservation officer Sergeant Patrick Heidenreich.
In 2019 alone, Indiana DNR arrested 79 people for boating while intoxicated and while it's treated just like an OWI, boating while intoxicated brings more problems with it because you're out on the water.
"When you're out on the water, there's a lot of environmental stressors. There's wave action, there's sunlight, and just fatigue. Being tired from being out on the water all day. If you throw alcohol into that, which slows your reflexes, it just makes it for a very dangerous situation," Heidenreich explained.
They're also looking for expired registrations, too many riders on a watercraft, and underage drivers.
Heidenreich said, "Your eyes and your head, you've constantly got to be scanning because that stuff is all around you."
They'll spend hours on the lake, making sure everyone is safely having fun.
Heidenreich suggests every person where their life jacket while out on the boat, in case something happens.
He says if you plan on drinking, "If you're going to be out on a boat, have a designated operator for that boat. Just like you would have a designated driver, have a designated operator. So everyone, including yourself, can be safe and enjoy this busy weekend."