COEYMANS, N.Y. - The Albany County Stop DWI program has announced safe boating initiatives just ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
The Albany County Sheriff's Office came together at the Coeymans Landing Marina Wednesday morning to stress the importance of boating safety and the initiatives being taken to lower intoxicated boating incidents.
“We want you to have a fun, healthy, safe summer, but please do not drink and operate that vessel,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said. “We do see it, and we will be out there aggressively pursuing it and checking people, and we’re also going to be checking for the safety gear as well.”
First Sergeant Martin Zaloga has been on marine patrol for 14 years.
“Today, what we’re doing is we’re going out checking the safety of vessels; making sure everyone’s adhering to the federal and state laws,” he said. “We just check all the vessels that go by, and make sure there’s nobody in distress and basically just make sure everyone’s safe on the waterway.”
According to the Office of Parks and Recreation, Albany County is fifth in the state, with over 9,000 registered boats on the water.
The sheriff’s office stressed that Boating While Intoxicated, or BWI, is treated just as seriously as a DWI with the first offense costing $500 and 15 days in jail.