On water, as part of Operation Dry Water, 11 water patrol division officers took part in three checkpoints on June 25 at three different locations on Lake of the Ozarks.

Sobriety checkpoints over the weekend on land and water netted an even dozen drunk drivers as the Missouri Highway Patrol and other agencies took part in a lake-wide crack down.

Overall, nearly 1,000 drivers were stopped during the enforcement efforts. On water, as part of Operation Dry Water, 11 water patrol division officers took part in three checkpoints on June 25 at three different locations on Lake of the Ozarks.

Operation Dry Water is a national campaign in which marine law enforcement officers coordinate special patrols during the last weekend in June. The goal is to deter boaters from getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink.

The checkpoints on the water were held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. simultaneously at the 14-mile mark of the Big Niangua and the 47-mile mark of the Main Channel. A third checkpoint location was held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the 26-mile mark of the Main Channel.

Of the 96 boats stopped during the checkpoints, less than 7 percent of the drivers were ticketed for boating while intoxicated offenses. A total of six arrests were made for BWI, with the majority of those being made at the checkpoint at the 26-mile marker.

“The purpose of the heightened enforcement component of the Operation Dry Water campaign is to deter boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When boat captains make the conscious decision to boat impaired they are endangering not only themselves, but every other boater on the water. The Missouri State Highway Patrol will do all we can to insure that families can spend time on, and around the water in a safe environment,” according to Troop F Commanding Officer Captain Mike Turner.

On land, 896 vehicles were stopped during a checkpoint that ran from 11 p.m. on June 25, to 3 a.m. on June 26, on Business 54 at Horseshoe Bend Parkway/Missouri 242 in Camden County manned by 15 Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, four Camden County Sheriff’s Department deputies and three officers from the Lake Ozark Police Department. Six DWI arrests were made.

“The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 25 percent of all Missouri fatal crashes and they are all preventable.” Turner said. “One of the most important values of a sobriety checkpoint is deterrence. We appreciate those who chose to designate a sober driver, or call a taxi. Driving while impaired is a conscious decision and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is committed to removing the impaired driver from our roadways through education, prevention and enforcement.”

According to the Highway Patrol, 376 drinking or drug-related traffic crashes occurred in Camden County since January of 2010, resulting in 21 fatalities and 266 injuries.

By the numbers:

Water checkpoint

  • 96 boats stopped
  • 11 officers to man
  • 2 — Boating While Intoxicated Arrests At The 14-Mile Mark, Big Niangua Arm
  • 1 — Boating While Intoxicated Arrest At The 47-Mile Mark, Osage Arm
  • 3 — Boating While Intoxicated Arrests At The 26-Mile Mark, Osage Arm
  • 22 — Warnings

Land checkpoint

  • 896 vehicles stopped
  • 22 officers to man
  • 4 — Misdemeanor DWI arrests
  • 2 — Felony DWI arrests
  • 1 — Minor in possession of intoxicants summons
  • 1 — Driving while suspended/revoked summons