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Sober Boating at Pohick Bay

On Saturday July 14, the Marine Patrol Unit conducted a BWI checkpoint at the Pohick Bay Regional Park boat dock, assisted by the Franconia Station Neighborhood Patrol Unit. All boaters returning to the dock will be checked to make sure that their ability to drive has not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

On Saturday July 14, the Marine Patrol Unit conducted a BWI checkpoint at the Pohick Bay Regional Park boat dock, assisted by the Franconia Station Neighborhood Patrol Unit. All boaters returning to the dock will be checked to make sure that their ability to drive has not been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Photo by Deb Cobb.

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Marine Patrol Unit Officer Carrie Bennett observes as a boater prepares to launch his boat into the water at Pohick Bay Regional Park on July 14.

On Saturday, July 14, the Fairfax County Police Marine Patrol Unit conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the Pohick Bay Regional Park boat ramp to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers. Officers from the Franconia Station Neighborhood Patrol Unit assisted Marine Patrol officers to inspect 20 boats and their operators. One boat was pulled out of service before it entered the water due to safety violations. Lt. Lance Schaible, supervisor of the MPU says that such checkpoints are a valuable safety measure, both in preventing unsafe driving and deterring unsafe behavior.