Just over 5 percent of the boaters stopped during a checkpoint turned out to be over the legal limit for boating while intoxicated.

A check for drunken drivers on the water at the 9-mile marker netted five arrests Friday evening. A total of 98 boats were run through the checkpoint.


BWI checkpoint

At the 9 mile mark

98 boats were stopped

3 hour checkpoint

37 boaters were given sobriety tests

6 total citations written

5 for boating while intoxicated

1 citation for an unrelated boating violation

14 warnings given for boating violations

13 total BWIs for the weekend including the checkpoint

 


Just over 5 percent of the boaters stopped during a checkpoint turned out to be over the legal limit for boating while intoxicated.
A check for drunken drivers on the water at the 9-mile marker netted five arrests Friday evening. A total of 98 boats were run through the checkpoint.
A crew of 10 Missouri State Water Patrol officers stopped boats for about three hours; 37 drivers were checked for suspected drunken driving.
Sobriety tests are only performed if there are indicators the operator is possibly impaired, according to Capt. Matt Walz.
“Officers commented on the large number of designated sober captains,” Walz said. “That is clear from the number of arrests versus the number of boat stops. We would like to see zero boating while intoxicated arrests from these checkpoints if it means the waterways area safer.
“The main objective of sobriety checkpoints is to deter or detect those boaters who are inclined to operate their vessel in an intoxicated condition.”
Over the course of the weekend, Water Patrol officers arrested an additional 8 drivers for BWI.
This past weekend the Water Patrol participated in “Operation Dry Water” spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
The organization aims to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of boating while intoxicated. “Operation Dry Water” was a nationwide enforcement effort.

 

BWI checkpoint
At the 9 mile mark
98 boats were stopped
3 hour checkpoint
37 boaters were given sobriety tests
6 total citations written
5 for boating while intoxicated
1 citation for an unrelated boating violation
14 warnings given for boating violations
13 total BWIs for the weekend including the checkpoint