Washington State Patrol targeting drunk drivers and boat operators during Seafair

The Washington State Patrol issued a press release detailing their Impaired Boating Emphasis patrols during Seafair weekend to reduce Boating Accidents. Seafair is held this year on Lake Washington on August 1-3, 2008. The Mercer Island Police & Marine Patrol, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will all be participating.

Police will have mobile breathalyzer machines and will be conducting DUI patrols both on land and water. They will remove any boat or watercraft from the water if they believe the operator and/or passengers cannot operate the boat in a safe manner.

Boating under the Influence has similar penalties as Driving Under the Influence and charges are filed in King County District Court. The use of alcohol is a significant factor in boating accidents. Washington State has between 20-30 boating fatalities per year. This year, there have been at least five boating fatalities attributed to alcohol.

This information has been brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have had serious injuries or been killed as a result of a boating accident. In the case of a fatal boating accident, the family is entitled to compensation for the loss of a loved one.

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