Traffic Stop File Photo

A Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputy addresses a motorist during a traffic stop on US 19.

Authorities on land and sea will be cracking down on impaired driving and boating through the Independence Day weekend.

Several law enforcement agencies are conducting a couple DUI and BUI campaigns across Florida until July 7 to curb intoxicated motorists and boaters. 

Marine and patrol deputies with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) heightened the guard Wednesday on local roads and waters as part of Operation Knot Lit’, hosted by the Florida Sheriff’s Association’s Statewide Task Force.

CCSO’s half-taxi, half-patrol car is going to make its rounds as well, educating travelers not to risk their lives or others.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers will also be out in force, participating in multi-agency DUI "Wolfpack" exercises over the next few nights, according to spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

Officers with the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be targeting BUIs during the nationwide Operation Dry Water, starting Friday.

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