OUI Checkpoint to Target Drunken Boaters

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies will be joining forces to remove drunken boaters from Lake Mohave during an OUI Checkpoint scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3. Participating in the checkpoint will be officers from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Arizona Department of Game & Fish and the National Park Service. 

“Drinking alcohol while boating is one of the worst things you can do,” said Brady Phillips, Nevada State Game Warden Lieutenant. “It affects your balance, your vision and your decision making. Those are kind of important things when your operating a boat in the middle of a lake. It’s not a coincidence that alcohol is leading contributing factor in all fatal boating accidents.” 

OUI is the acronym for operating under the influence, which is the same as driving under the influence. By law, an operator is under the influence if he/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 has ranked as the leading cause in most boating fatalities nationally, for the past several years according to the United States Coast Guard recreational boating statistics. 

“We want visitors at Lake Mohave to enjoy themselves, but we also want them to do it safely, and the safest thing a boater can do is to not drink alcohol while they’re out on the water,” said Phillips.