Researchers Study Boat Sobriety Checks
LAKE OF THE OZARKS (AP) - Researchers are studying how the Missouri Water Patrol conducts sobriety tests and makes arrests at Lake of the Ozarks. A California research institute is conducting the study to develop a standardized procedure for checking boaters for sobriety and making arrests. Missouri is one of only a few states that check boats for intoxicated drivers. The patrol says nearly all fatal boat mishaps at the popular lake involve alcohol. Water patrol Lieutenant Nick Humphrey says Lake of the Ozarks has led the nation in arrests for boating while intoxicated over the past several years. In 2005, Missouri ranked first in the nation with a total of 480 arrests. Several waterways in South Carolina and Lake Havasu in Arizona are also being studied.