A total of 127 vessels were contacted by members of the MSHP who made four BWI arrests, one arrest related to allowing a person to ride on the gunwale/back of boat, while issuing 59 warnings, according to the release.

Boaters on the Lake of the Ozarks this last weekend may have noticed an increased presence of marine troopers as the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) checkpoint on several areas of the Lake of the Ozarks. 

According to a press release from Troop F Headquarters, Captain Michael A. Turner announced the results of the checkpoint conducted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 that included three checkpoint operations. 

A total of 127 vessels were contacted by members of the MSHP who made four BWI arrests, one arrest related to allowing a person to ride on the gunwale/back of boat, while issuing 59 warnings, according to the release. 

Two simultaneous checkpoint operations were held from 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. at the 2.5-mile marker of the Big Niangua Arm and the 35-mile marker of the Osage Arm, both in Camden County. A third checkpoint location was held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the 3-mile marker of the Gravois Arm in Morgan County. 

"The purpose of these checkpoint operations is to deter boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol," Cpt. Turner stated. "The Missouri State Highway Patrol will do all we can to ensure that families can spend time on and around the water in a safe environment." 

The release concluded, "Watercraft operators must consider the effects their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear it!!"