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Boating checkpoints at Canyon Lake

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will conduct a watercraft operating under the influence (OUI) checkpoint on Canyon Lake this weekend. The checkpoint is meant to ensure people are operating their watercraft safely and responsibly. People found operating their vessel under the influence of drugs, or alcohol will be arrested.

Boaters may be required to pass through a checkpoint and be subject to a systematic safety inspection. Operators will be checked for any sign of impairment, as well as making sure they have the required safety equipment, such as proper number of life jackets and working fire extinguishers, are aboard.

In 2016, there were 16 boating accidents on Canyon Lake. Using a checkpoint will not only increase the number of contacts with boaters, but will also provide valuable data on the amount of alcohol consumption related to recreational boating on Arizona’s waterways.

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