Patrols Out in Full Force on Land and Water

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    Law enforcement officials are patrolling North Texas lakes for safety violations. (Published Monday, Jul 4, 2011)

    While North Texas police departments and the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a
    "no-refusal" weekend on Texas roads, law enforcement officials are patrolled North Texas lakes for safety violations.

    Denton County sheriff's deputies conducted random safety inspections on Lake Lewisville for fire extinguishers, whistles or horns that are easily accessible and life jackets for everyone on board.

    Deputies on Lookout for Safety Violations

    [DFW] Deputies on Lookout for Safety Violations
    Law enforcement officials are patrolling North Texas lakes for safety violations. (Published Monday, Jul 4, 2011)

    "We conducted 30, 40 safety inspections, and we found just a handful of minor violations and citations were issued and also warnings," said Sgt. Andy Steele, of the sheriff department's Boat Patrol Unit.

    Law enforcement officials do not need probable cause to stop boaters and conduct safety inspections.

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    [DFW] Refuse Breathalyzer, Get Your Blood Drawn
    It's a statewide "no-refusal" weekend through the Fourth of July. (Published Saturday, Jul 2, 2011)

    Deputies did not make any DWI arrests.

    "We've had some extremely intoxicated people out here that we've had to transport to the park and have an ambulance take them to the hospital," Steele said

    No Refusal Weekend Starts Friday

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    Officers across the state will work together making sure roads are safe this Fourth of July holiday. (Published Thursday, Jun 30, 2011)

    Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens arrested six people on suspicion of DWI and two on suspicion of public intoxication on Lake Lewisville on Saturday and Sunday.

    "What happens is, boating and drinking seem to go together, and I think patrols are doing a service," said Terry Brunner, a longtime boater.

    Deputies said they expect dozens more boaters to sit on the lake and watch July Fourth fireworks displays and plan to patrol Lake Lewisville until 11 p.m.