AUGUSTA, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard are joining forces this weekend to enforce "Operation Dry Water," a program designed to get drunken boaters off of Maine's waterways.

Officials outlined details of the program at a news conference in Gardiner on Wednesday.

While the primary enforcement is focused on impaired boaters, all three agencies are also focusing on education, and informing boaters of the risks they take if they operate a boat or other watercraft while under the influence.

"All three agencies have a zero tolerance policy for boating under the influence," Marine Patrol Colonel Joseph Fessenden said. "Impaired boaters can expect penalties and consequences to be severe, including fines and jail time."

In a news release issued earlier this week, officials said alcohol is the number one factor in recreational boating fatalities.

Last year, "Operation Dry Water" resulted in 4,519 citations and 337 arrests nationwide.

In Maine, there was only one fatality blamed on boating under the influence last year.

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