Seafair BUI Emphasis on Lake Washington Begins August 3rd!!

Last year during Seafair, 536 vessels were contacted on Lake Washington, with 70 boating under the influence arrests.

The Washington State Patrol, King County Marine Patrol and other local law encorcement agencies are busy making preparations for boater and spectator  safety during this year’s Seafair celebration on Lake Washington.

One of the largest  Impaired Boating Emphasis in the nation will focus its efforts to  improve safety during Seafair activities on Lake Washington Aug. 3-5,  2012. During the Seafair weekend in 2011, 536 vessels were contacted with 70   boating under the influence arrests, according to the Impaired Driving Section of the State Patrol. On King County roadways 57 DUI  arrests were made.

This year’s event will once again be located at Proctor Landing on Mercer Island. To accommodate the Marine Patrol Units, a temporary 60-foot dock will be located at the site. In addition, the Mobile Impaired  Driving Unit will be on site. It is equipped with 3 breathalyzer  instruments, two holding cells and serves as a command vehicle to  coordinate with the various law enforcement jurisdictions participating  in the emphasis.

To ensure safety at the scene, several large fenced detention facilities will be located to accommodate subjects arrested for boating under the  influence, minor in possession or consumption of alcohol, and other  violations.  Several troopers or officers will be assigned to work  security posts at these locations throughout the event. A prisoner support vehicle will be utilized to transport those persons arrested to the appropriate jail facility.

The King County Marine Patrol enforces the law on the waters off Kirkland.

Additional DUI patrols will be scheduled throughout the weekend. They  will focus their efforts on the roadways leading to and from the event.  In addition there will be drug recognition experts from available for drug impairment evaluations.

The participating agencies involved will include: Mercer Island Police & Marine Patrol, Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Seattle Police & Harbor Patrol, King County Sherriff’s Office Marine Patrol, United States Coast Guard, and the Washington State Patrol.

To assist in case preparation and any legal issues that may arise,  members of the King County Prosecutors office will be on site to assist  in the processing of the arrestees. Trained law enforcement officers and  troopers are equipped to remove any vessel from Lake Washington if it  is determined that it’s driver or passengers are impaired and cannot  continue to operate it in a safe manner.

In 2008, during the Seafair weekend, 83 boating under the influence and 47 DUI arrests were made in King County.

In 2009, during the Seafair weekend, 110 boating under the influence and  53 DUI arrests were made.  Also, 7 minor in possession arrests were  made and 688 vessels were contacted. No major boating collisions  occurred.

In 2010, during the Seafair weekend, 463 vessels were contacted with 59  boating under the influence arrests and 3 counts of reckless  endangerment of a minor. On King County roadways 54 DUI arrests were  made.

The successful implementation of this maritime safety emphasis that is  scheduled to coincide with the Seafair activities continues to provide a  safe, enjoyable environment for all. It is estimated that between  twenty and thirty thousand boats could participate in this year’s event.  The number of attendees could exceed three hundred fifty thousand  people. This event remains the highest attended summer event in Seattle.


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