Virginia cracks down on boaters

Published online: Aug 25, 2007 News
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At the end of the day, 715 boats had been inspected on the state's inland waterways, 180 charges were made and 126 warnings were issued, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Most charges were related to boats that were not in compliance with safety requirements; however, among the charges were four arrests for boating under the influence; 10 for reckless operation of a watercraft; three drug possession charges; and seven charges of underage alcohol possession.
The 65 boating patrols focused on the most heavily utilized waters including Smith Mountain Lake, Lake Anna and the Potomac, James and Rappahannock Rivers. Seven BUI check points were conducted.

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