BILOXI -- Marine patrol officers arrested eight people over the holiday weekend on a charge of boating under the influence, said Keith Davis, chief of marine patrol for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, they checked 352 boats and 1,486 people, issued 28 boat and water citations and responded to a minor accident involving two personal water crafts.
DMR had beefed up patrols the previous weekend to remind boaters of safety issues and to warn about the dangers of combining alcohol with boating. One person was arrested that weekend on a BUI charge.
Davis said he urges boaters to have a designated driver if they plan to drink alcohol. He also is reminding boaters to make sure they have all the necessary safety equipment for the protection of their passengers.