Holiday Boating Enforcement Citations

Safe Boating

More than 200 citations and 400 warnings were issued to boaters on Arkansas waters last week as part of two operations by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Law Enforcement Division, according to Col. Greg Rae, chief of the division.

Operation Dry Water was implemented June 29-July 1 with wildlife officers patrolling lakes and rivers, concentrating on operators who had too much to drink. The operation resulted in 103 citations and 202 warnings issued.

On July 4 and the weekend that followed, enforcement efforts related to boating on area lakes and rivers led to 94 citations and 178 warnings. Also, a Boating Task Force operation specifically aimed at Lake Hamilton resulted in 16 citations and 36 warnings. On Lake Hamilton, two people were arrested for boating under the influence. Across the state, Operation Dry Water led to five more BUIs and five physical arrests, with the highest blood alcohol content of one arrest reading .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit in Arkansas. July 4 and the ensuing weekend saw officers make two BUI arrests and they also worked two boating accidents.     MORE

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