So far in 2013, on Missouri waterways, 74 boating while intoxicated arrests have been made. Of those 74, 54 were made at the Lake of the Ozarks.
In a recent marine operation saturation in Morgan County on July 19, officers stopped 18 vessels. Two BWI arrests were made along with one marine equipment summons, four marine inspections and 18 warnings.
A day later in Camden County, officers stopped 17 vessels resulting in three BWI arrests. Two marine equipment summons were handed out along with four marine moving summons. Two property damage crashes occurred and 29 warnings were issued.
Troop F Marine Operation Troopers also completed a saturation on the Osage River on July 27. Five vessels were stopped and one BWI arrest was made. One marine equipment summons along with one marine moving summons was issued. One marine inspection was completed and 15 warnings were handed out.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Paul Reinsch, the numbers of BWIs on Missouri waterways are not ideal.
"When you start talking percentage wise, that's pretty high," Reinsch said while pointing out that six BWIs out of 40 vessels that were stopped results in 15 percent of boaters being intoxicated on average.
Boaters are to contact the Highway Patrol during an emergency by dialing *55 on their cell phone.