SAFE BOATING: Authorities Increase Patrol

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With four boaters killed before this weekend’s un-official start of the boating season, authorities plan to beef up patrols on Iowa waterways.

We joined the DNR and the Army Corps of Engineers on patrol on Saylorville Lake. Officers tell us the biggest problem they face is boating while intoxicated.   Last year the legal limit for boating while intoxicated was lowered to .08 percent, the same as driving a motor vehicle.  Four people were killed while boating in Iowa in 2011, and half of those deaths were alcohol related.

"No we do not tolerate boating while intoxicated. We take them and arrest them", says DNR Conservation Officer Aron Arthur.

If you get arrested for boating while intoxicated this weekend here's what you can expect for a first time offense:
 
•    You could be locked up in jail for at least 48 hours.
•    Fines up to $1,000.
•    Loss of boat operating privileges for one year.

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