BUI arrests down at Seafair

by: Nick McGurk Updated:

Police said 27 people had been arrested by 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
SEATTLE —

The number of people arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence during Seafair weekend was lower as of Sunday evening than in years past.

Police said there were 30 BUI incidents, a reckless boating citation and one minor in possession of marijuana. 

Last year, 67 people were arrested during Seafair weekend. Back in 2009, 110 people were arrested on suspicion of BUI.

Police credit increased patrols and an increased cooperation among agencies for bringing the number down.

“Our message to boaters is please get a designated driver,” said Commander Leslie Burns with Mercer Island Police.

 She said that message over the years has really spread.

 "We're measuring success this year, in the lack of injuries, the lack of boating collisions and lack of drownings," said Burns.

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