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Impaired boaters targeted during Seafair
Posted by John de Leon
Law enforcement officers will take to the water during Seafair weekend to patrol for people suspected of operating a boat while under the influence.
Several agencies will be patrolling the lake from Friday through Sunday during the annual Seafair weekend activities. The participating agencies will include the State Patrol, Mercer Island Police & Marine Patrol, state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Seattle Police & Harbor Patrol, King County Sherriff's Office Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard.
As in past years, the Seafair DUI emphases patrol will be homeported at Proctor Landing on Mercer Island. A temporary 60-foot dock will be set up to accommodate the marine patrol units. A Mobile Impaired Driving Unit, with three Breathalyzers and two holding cells, will be located there, according to the State Patrol. Also, several large fenced detention facilities will be set up to hold people arrested for suspicion of boating under the influence, minor in possession or consumption of alcohol and other violations.
DUI patrols will also target highways and streets leading to and from Seafair events, according to the State Patrol.
During last year's Seafair weekend, 59 people were arrested for boating under the influence. In addition, 54 DUI arrests were made on King County roadways.
In 2009, police made 110 boating under the influence and 53 DUI arrests. Also, there were seven arrests of minors in possession of alcohol.
For a complete list of Seafair events, click here.
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