Dozens of local and state law enforcement agencies are teaming up to keep drunken boaters off area rivers and lakes. Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis says they have reached an important agreement between participating agencies that calls for the sharing of resources, boats, equipment and personnel.
“They will be in our recreation areas patrolling our lakes. They will be seeing if individuals have the necessary safety equipment and that if they choose to drink and operate a watercraft, they will be arrested and taken to jail.”
Sheriff Davis says working together, they can cover more water and ground.
“Collectively, if each of us has one or two people that are designated to do that and work together with each others equipment, we can cover a lot of area and we are going to do that. You could see us on any lake at any given time.”
Sheriff Davis says by sharing this equipment and personnel, they are able to spend more time patrolling. He says he knows the effort is appreciated.
“I would be willing to bet you that most families with kids are glad we are out there to keep those people who have had too much to drink from operating vehicles or don’t have the necessary equipment on board.”
In 2009, there were six deadly boating accidents in eastern Nebraska… including two in Douglas County.