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DNR cracks down on Labor Day weekend

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It's going to be a busy weekend on waters across the Lowcountry for those celebrating the last big summer holiday, and for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

DNR rangers will be out in full force patrolling the waters as usual, but their main objective this weekend is to put a stop any BUI's.

South Carolina law says in a boat, you can have open alcohol containers, as long as the driver isn't considered "under the influence," which means their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of .08.

If you're hitting the water this weekend, don't drink and boat. DNR rangers said alcohol and boats are a dangerous combination.

"We see a lot of people on the sandbars, and with the heat and different things and they're consuming alcohol and sometimes they don't realize how much they're consuming so we ask boaters go have a designated driver for the boat and as well as their boat when they get back to the boat ramp," Sgt. Earl Pope said.

Boating under the influence comes with a steep price tag - you can be slapped with a fine of up to $6,000 and up to three years of jail time.

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