For the fifth year the Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers conducted four special operations during the weekend to detect impaired boat operators.
A boating while intoxicated checkpoint was held Friday at the Highway 64 bridge on Lake Pomme de Terre. Troopers stopped 38 boats, issued 15 warnings and made one boating while intoxicated arrest.
A second boating while intoxicated checkpoint was held Saturday at Point No. 7 at Table Rock Lake near the state Route 13 bridge. Troopers stopped 124 boats and made five boating while intoxicated arrests. There were 51 warnings and six summonses issued for safety violations. In addition, one felony arrest was made for possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor warrant arrest was made.
Saturday also saw a checkpoint on the Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County. There were 181 vessels stopped during the operation, one boating while intoxicated arrest was made, two summonses for boating safety violations, one non-boating violation and 46 warnings were issued.
A third checkpoint held Saturday was conducted along the Niangua River. Troopers contacted 65 vessels and made eight minor in possession arrests, seven other miscellaneous arrests, three traffic arrests, one felony warrant arrest, one misdemeanor warrant arrest, issued 35 warnings and contacted 219 persons.
Including those made during the four special operations, troopers arrested a total of 14 people statewide for boating while intoxicated violations, contacted 747 vessels and 1,405 boaters, and issued 114 boating violation summonses and 482 warnings. Marine operations troopers also issued 82 summonses for non-boating violations during the 2013 Operation Dry Water weekend.
Special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months. Boaters are reminded that designating a sober skipper is always the safest bet if alcohol is going to be included in their boating experience.