WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) - The Rhode Island State Police are now patrolling the waters of Narragansett Bay, keeping a sharp eye out for impaired boaters.
A State Police marine unit hit the water at 2 p.m. Saturday and will cooperate with the Coast Guard, Rhode Island Environmental Police, and local harbormasters.
The unit will conduct safety inspections and be on the lookout for captains who are drinking alcohol while boating.
"Boating on the water, people tend to think that there's less that can happen because they're not confined to a two-lane street," Corporal Rich Swanson said. "Things can go wrong on the water quickly, and when things go wrong on the water, life can be in jeopardy."
Troopers will be on the water Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the end of summer, with particular attention paid to several of the major summer festivals.
"I have a pleasure boat myself," Swanson said. "I grew up on the water. I want to see people out there having fun, but doing so in a safe manner."
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