SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Highway Patrol Troop D has announced the results from their BWI sobriety checkpoints conducted in Stone County on Table Rock Lake and a water enforcement saturation in Dallas and Laclede counties on the Niangua River.
The checkpoints were conducted on Saturday, August 4.
On Table Rock Lake troopers stopped a total of 91 vessels. resulting in:
Boating While Intoxicated Arrests — 1
Warnings — 46
On the Niangua River troopers contacted 159 vessels and 608 people, resulting in 39 citations including Minor In Possession Of Intoxicants, Possession Of Glass Containers, Littering, No Personal Flotation Device, Misdemeanor Drugs/ Drug Paraphernalia, No Fishing Permit; and 50 warnings.
The goal of these enforcement operations was to detect impaired boaters and other violations that contribute to boating crashes and drownings. The enforcement locations were selected based on the high number of drinking- and impairment-related boating crashes, illegal drug usage, underage alcohol consumption, and complaints from the public.
“Boating is a fun recreational activity, but safety must be a priority,” said Captain Villanueva. “To ensure the safety for all people on the water, boaters should designate a sober operator for their vessel anytime their plans include alcohol.”