Checkpoint to Target Drunken Boaters(1)

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies will be joining forces in an effort to remove drunken boaters from Lake Mead during an OUI Checkpoint scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19. Officers from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Arizona Game and Fish Department and the National Park Service are participating.

“Boating and drinking is a serious safety hazard, and we encourage people to use a designated operator,” said Lieutenant Paul Hearne of NDOW. “We will also be on the lookout for operators impaired by marijuana.” 

“OUI” is the acronym for operating under the influence, which is the same as driving under the influence or DUI.  By law, an operator is under the influence if he or she has a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. Those arrested for OUI will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center. 

Alcohol use is listed as the leading cause in 17% of boating fatalities nationally, according to the United States Coast Guard 2015 recreational boating statistics.

“We want visitors to Lake Mead to enjoy themselves, but we want them to do it safely so they can come back in the future,” said Hearne.

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