Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports from August 12, through August 14, 2016, his office participated in a Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII) saturation patrol with the Oregon State Marine Board (O.S.M.B.) targeting intoxicated boaters at Foster Lake.

In partnership and funding received from the O.S.M.B., Marine Deputies from Jackson County and Klamath County assisted the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Marine program for the three day event. As a result five people were arrested for BUII of a motorized boat and one person was arrested for BUII of a non-motorized boat.

Sheriff Riley would like to thank those agencies who assisted with the patrols on Foster Lake.

Sheriff Riley would also like to remind citizens, that Oregon Law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated. Boating while intoxicated causes impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction times. Mixing alcohol while operating a boat is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities. Please boat responsibly.