Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
August 11, 2016
Contact: Sergeant Brandon Villanti
Phone: (206) 720-3018
More than Two Dozen Suspected Impaired Boaters Caught on Seafair Weekend
Thanks to Washington State Patrol Mobile Impaired Driving Unit
Seattle -- Seafair weekend is a popular time for boaters to hit the waters of Lake Washington. The Washington State Patrol (WSP) works collaboratively with the Seafair organizers, the Mercer Island Police Department and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to keep the waters safe for all water users.
During the Seafair weekend, 26 vessel operators, who were suspected of operating boats under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, were processed through the WSP Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU). Inside the unit were, WSP breath testing technicians, communications dispatchers, and fingerprint technicians. The WSP employees worked to process the several dozen boaters.
Because of the combined efforts of all agencies involved there were no boating related fatalities over the weekend.
Much of the WSP's assistance was made possible through a grant from State Farm Insurance.