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Posted on: August 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] OUI Checkpoint Detail at Lake Powell Successful

Page, AZ – On Saturday, August 1st 2015 law enforcement agencies in Northern Coconino County conducted an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) and Boating Safety Checkpoint at the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The purpose of the Checkpoint was to identify offenders and get them off the waterways as well as to inform and educate the public on the dangers of impaired boating.

Sixty three vessels were checked for safety equipment and impaired operation. A total of 20 citations were issued and two Operating Under the Influence investigations were conducted. No arrests were made for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs. Citations included violations for no Personal Flotation Devices onboard, no Fire Extinguishers, and no boating registration. During a similar boating safety detail in 2014 61 vessels were contacted, 10 citations were issued and 2 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. More than 25 law enforcement officers and deputies from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish Department, National Park Service, Page Police Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Parks, and Arizona Department of Public Safety worked together to insure that this was a safe weekend for those who were boating at Lake Powell. Six volunteers of the Coconino County Community Emergency Response Team also assisted with the detail.

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Media Contact: Lieutenant Bret Axlund, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-679-8705

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