The Missouri Highway Patrol will conduct a BWI (boating while intoxicated) sobriety checkpoint on Lake of the Ozarks sometime in August, according to a news release.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating crashes.
Boaters who come across a checkpoint on the water may be stopped. Officers will keep the contact with the operator brief and perform a basic safety check of the boat's equipment.
If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants and/or drugs, the person will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test.