Capt. Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D, recently announced the results of a water enforcement saturation Aug. 4 in Dallas and Laclede counties on the Niangua River.

The goal of the enforcement operations was to detect impaired boaters and other violations that contribute to boating crashes and drownings. The enforcement location was selected based on the high number of drinking- and impairment-related boating crashes, illegal drug usage, underage alcohol consumption and complaints from the public.

The following is a list of enforcement contacts made by the Highway Patrol and the Department of Conservation during the Niangua River saturation:

• Total vessels contacted — 159.

• Total people contacted — 608.

• Total citations — 39. (This figure includes minor in possession of intoxicants, possession of glass containers, littering, no personal flotation device, misdemeanor drugs or drug paraphernalia, and no fishing permit.) 

• Warnings — 50.

“Boating is a fun recreational activity, but safety must be a priority,” Villanueva said. “To ensure the safety for all people on the water, boaters should designate a sober operator for their vessel anytime their plans include alcohol.”

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