August 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM
Seafair sees drop in impaired boaters
Thirty-four people were cited for boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol (BUI) during the Seafair events on Lake Washington this weekend, police said.
That’s a drop of more than 40 percent from last year’s Seafair BUI total, 61.
Seafair officials said attendance was down from last year. Since it’s an open festival, exact numbers weren’t available, but ticket sales at the log boom were down 20 percent, said Melissa Jurkin, Seafair’s director of marketing and communications.
“That doesn’t mean everybody that bought tickets showed up, though,” she said.
Police contacted 473 boats, down 32 percent from last year’s event, and doled out 42 citations for speeding or unsafe lane changes, among other infractions. Medical assistance was called for four boaters.
Of those contacted, 15 refused breath tests, which under new legislation is an infraction carrying a fine of $2,050.
Of the 34 charged with BUIs, four were booked and taken to jail; the others were pulled over and told to have someone come pick them up.
Four search warrants were served for blood samples and one for search of a vessel resulted in a drug arrest. Police also seized two handguns from boaters over the weekend, one of which was found to have been stolen.
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