Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102
Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement makes four OUI arrests
along with strong outreach effort for 2012 Operation Dry Water
DOVER (June 28, 2012) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section made four operating under the influence (OUI) arrests and interacted with hundreds of boaters on Delaware waterways as part of Operation Dry Water, a national enforcement and education initiative June 22-24 to crack down on boating OUI and to prevent alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
“During Operation Dry Water, Fish and Wildlife agents reached out to boaters to provide positive, educational outreach on boating safety issues,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office, noting that agents made 785 contacts with boat operators and passengers and conducted 238 boardings to perform standard vessel safety checks and encourage safe boating both in operations and required safety equipment.
“We hope this initiative helps the boating public understand the importance of boating sober to boat safely – and to take heed of the dangers and consequences of drinking while piloting a boat,” Rhodes added.
The OUI arrests made between June 22-24 were:
· Michael L. Kalafut, 41, of Newark, charged with OUI and three safety equipment violations near Delaware City – operating a vessel without a navigation light, fire extinguisher and type 4 throwable life preserver as required by Delaware boating safety regulations. A court date is pending at Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown.
· Keith T. Knotts, 43, of Townsend, charged with OUI on the C&D Canal. A court date is pending at Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown.
· Andrew F. Brady, 31, of Newark, charged on Rehoboth Bay off Dewey Beach with OUI, no boating safety certificate and two safety equipment violations – operating a vessel without a navigation light or a type 4 throwable life preserver as required by Delaware boating safety regulations. A court date is pending at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach.
· Robert L. Fox, 61, of Clayton, was cited on the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal after being involved in an accident, and charged with OUI and negligent operation of a vessel. A court date is pending at Justice of the Peace Court 14 in Georgetown.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.
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