Typically a three-day July 4th holiday sees the boating season's biggest crush of participants.
And while that was likely true for this year's hot holiday weekend that saw generally favorable boating conditions the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Watercraft reports there were no boating-related fatalities.
Toss in only a few boating-related accidents and the news is all good for Ohio boating.
The weekend did come on the heels of an intense crackdown on boaters operating under the influence. During the state's June 25 to 27 "Operation Dry Water," the Watercraft Division arrested 11 boat operators for being above the legal alcohol impairment of .08.
Another 17 impaired boaters were arrested during the three-day holiday weekend along with nine people for various drug-related violations as well.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn