An on-the-water “operating under the influence (OUI) checkpoint is planned for Lake Powell sometime during the last weekend of July, the Arizona Game and Fish Department announced.
“Nationwide, statistics have shown that 50 percent of boating accidents involve the consumption of alcohol,” said Steve Andrews, Flagstaff regional law-enforcement program manager.
“In an effort to reduce the incidents of boating accidents on the state’s waters, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is leading a multi-agency task force to conduct an on-the-water OUI checkpoint at Lake Powell,” Andrews said.
The task force consists of officers from Game and Fish, the Department of Public Safety, National Park Service and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, as well as various municipal police departments.
“Each time we conduct these OUI checkpoints, it is gratifying to hear from so many boaters that they support such operations,” Andrews said. “They realize, as we do, that those drinking and boating are putting other boaters at risk on the waterways.”
Andrews said the checkpoints are a way to create public awareness about the dangers of drinking while on the water.
“This had already been a deadly boating season with far too many fatalities,” Andrews said. “We all need to do our part to make our waterways safer.”