Crackdown: 3 Days, 4 Arrests in Lake Minnetonka
For three days, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and deputies from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office patrolled Lake Minnetonka for an operation they called "Operation Dry Water."
On Thursday, a Sheriff's Office spokesperson declared the operation a success.
The operation took place June 22-24. They were going after drunk boaters.
The operation ended with four arrests for Boating While Intoxicated. In addition to that, 13 tickets were issued as well as 103 verbal warnings.
"Keeping the lakes and rivers safe for everyone who uses them is an important public safety goal," said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. "We will not tolerate anyone operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol."
KSTP.COM checked DNR records and found there were 16 boating fatalities in 2011, the most in five years. The Sheriff's Office spokesperson said alcohol was a factor in half of those fatalities.
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