Patrols for drunken boaters set for Colorado River

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LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado River boaters can expect an increase in law enforcement efforts this coming weekend as several agencies work together to crack down on intoxicated operators.

Checkpoints on the river that runs along the Arizona, California and Nevada borders are planned. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Nevada Department of Wildlife and the National Park Service officers will be working together.

Boaters passing through checkpoints will be evaluated for alcohol use and could be arrested if they are intoxicated. Watercraft will also be inspected to ensure they have required fire extinguishers, life jackets for everyone on board and an approved throwable personal floatation device.

Regional Arizona Game and Fish supervisor Velma Holt-Buhr says the river is becoming more congested and presenting more hazards, so boater safety is becoming more important.

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