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Boaters See Increased Law Enforcement Presence For Labor Day

by Teresa J. Candeias (writer), , September 01, 2014

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Boaters who are not following the rules of the water could see law enforcement pulling up to the bows of their boats.

South Florida law enforcement is out in full force this Labor .

Boating under the influence (BUI) checkpoints, involving 10 agencies, have been set up in an attempt to cut down the number of boating accidents.

“These big parties on the flats with DJs. It’s just now something we deal with on a weekly basis, rather than three or four times a year,” said Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press. “We discussed sharing resources at least once a month and trying to go out there and really put an end to some of the real chaos that can happen on our waters.”

Sunday’s enforcement will continue through the afternoon and into the night, officials said.

Marine units from every Miami-Dade coastal city along with the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will saturate the popular boating areas.

While they will search for BUI violators, they will also look for safety violations such as speeding.

On Fourth of July, four young people died after the boat they were in crashed into a second boat, sending various people into the water.



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