Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, announces the results of a water enforcement saturation in Dallas and Laclede counties on the Niangua River on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The goal of this enforcement operation was to detect intoxicated boaters and other violations that contribute to boating crashes and drownings. The enforcement location was selected based on the high number of drinking and impairment-related boating crashes, in addition to reported behavioral problems, illegal drug usage, and underage alcohol consumption.

The following is a list of enforcement contacts made by troopers from Troop D and Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and agents with the Missouri Department of Conservation during the saturation on the Niangua River:

Total Number Of Vessels Contacted — 75

Total Boating Citations — 15
Minor In Possession Of Alcohol Arrests — 4

Possession Of Glass Container Violations — 4
Littering/Unsecure Trash Violations — 3
Felony Drug Arrest — 1
Misdemeanor Drug Arrests — 3
Warnings — 28

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to ensure that Missouri’s waterways are safe and enjoyable to the public. Boaters are reminded to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol using *55 if they need emergency assistance,” stated Captain Villanueva.

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!