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Lake Powell OUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest, 14 Citations

Lake Powell OUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest, 14 Citations
August 15
15:11 2016

On Saturday, law enforcement agencies in Northern Coconino County conducted an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) and Boating Safety Checkpoint at the Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Checkpoint was to identify impaired operators and get them off the waterways as well as to inform and educate the public on the dangers of impaired boating. IMG_1727

110 vessels containing 514 passengers and operators were checked for safety equipment and impaired operation. A total of 14 citations were issued and 14 Operating Under the Influence investigations were conducted. One arrest was made for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.

Citations included two violations for lack of Personal Flotation Devices, three for lack of fire extinguishers on board, eight for the absence of a Type 4 throwable, and one for expired boating registration.

During a similar boating safety detail in 2015, 63 vessels were contacted, 20 citations were issued and no impaired boat operators were arrested.

First time offenders of Operating Under the Influence include a minimum fine of $1508.88 with the possibility of up to 10 days in jail and mandatory alcohol screening. Fines and jail time increase with intoxication levels of the operator and as multiple offenses increase.

The objective of the weekend checkpoint was to send a clear message to those who are considering operating a watercraft after consuming alcohol or drugs that Operating Under the Influence will not be tolerated.

23 law enforcement officers and deputies from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish Department, National Park Service and Page Police Department worked together to insure that this was a safe weekend for those who were boating at Lake Powell. Two volunteers of the Coconino County Community Emergency Response Team also assisted with the detailIMG_1719

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