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Posted on: June 30, 2022

DUI Task Force and Kootenai County Marine Deputies Ramp Up DUI Patrols

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Kootenai County, Idaho:  Starting Friday, July 1st 2022, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division in conjunction with the North Idaho DUI Task force will be conducting extra patrols on the water and around Kootenai County’s Boat Launches. The focus of these patrols are to support Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to stop boating under the influence. As most know, boating under the influence is a serious issue on Kootenai County’s waterways.  The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrols made 53 of the state-wide 57 Operating Under the Influence (OUI) arrests during the 2021 boating season.  So far this year there have been 6 arrests for OUI.  Many boaters who mistakenly choose to boat under the influence also choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle after their boating activities, creating additional risks to the motoring public. 

With the 4th of July celebrations kicking off this weekend, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, and the Idaho State Police have dedicated several additional officers, deputies, and troopers to reduce the number of people choosing to operate a motor vehicle or vessel while intoxicated. The additional law enforcement presence will assist with the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division to help spot and stop intoxicated boating, and driving. 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, and Idaho State Police want to remind everyone that while enjoying your 4th of July celebrations, do so responsibly. It’s easier for you to call a sober driver, than have us provide you one. 

Contact: Lt. Ryan Higgins
Office: 208-446-1851
PIO Cell: 208-758-1045
sopio@kcgov.us

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