Arrests Up for Boating Under the Influence During Seattle Water Event

Seattle BUILaw enforcement officials issued 110 violations for boating under the influence in Washington during the recent Seafair weekend. That number reflects a 23 percent increase over the number of Seattle BUI arrests made during last year’s event.

Seattle area police departments conducted special patrols on Lake Washington and Lake Union over the weekend. In addition to looking for potentially drunk boat operators, the officers stopping boats for having too many passengers and for violating ‘no wake’ zones. Most offenders were cited and released. One boater however was jailed after being charged with two WA BUI offenses, one on Friday and another on Sunday.

In addition, 50 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence in King County during the weekend.

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