Crackdown begins on drunken boaters in NV
July 5, 2010
RENO, Nev. (AP) – Nevada authorities are cracking down on drunken boat operators as the summer recreation season swings into full gear.
David Pfiffner (fiff-ner) of the Nevada Department of Wildlife says three boaters were arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence June 26-27 at lakes across the state as part of the multi-agency effort.
A total of 125 boating safety citations also were issued last weekend at lakes Mead and Mohave in southern Nevada and at Lahontan and South Fork reservoirs in northern Nevada.
Plans call for authorities to conduct more checkpoints at lakes across the state this summer.
Pfiffner says most of the state’s seven boating fatalities last year were alcohol-related, and boating under the influence carries the same penalties as drunken driving.