PROVO — Police in Utah County made several arrests during a checkpoint targeted at boaters who had been drinking and got behind the wheel of a vehicle afterward.
Saturday, Provo Police Department and several other agencies set up a checkpoint just outside the entrance to the Utah Lake Marina at 5:30 p.m., briefly stopping each car. Within a couple of hours, officers made three arrests for driving under the influence.
During the three-hour blitz, nearly 250 cars went through the checkpoint. In addition to the three DUI arrests, officers arrested two people on warrants and cited two people for having open containers in their vehicles.
Police said it is concerning that had the checkpoint not been stopping them, the people they arrested would have been out on the street.
"I've had several instances where I've seen drunk drivers get in crashes in front of me when I've been out patrolling the streets, and we want to stop that before they are able to drive too far away from the lake," said Provo Police Department Det. Chris Chambers.
Before police set up the checkpoint Saturday evening, the Division of Wildlife Resources and State Parks were out on the lake looking for people who were boating while under the influence. They say that had the weather been nicer, they would have likely made more arrests.
Police were not only making arrests, they were also rewarding people. They gave T-shirts to people who had designated drivers.