Arizona event joins sober-boater campaign

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Desert Storm, a recreational powerboating event held annually at Lake Havasu, Ariz., joined ranks with Lake Havasu's new Designated Operator safety campaign, which urges all boaters to voluntarily assign one person on board to be a sober skipper for that day.

"Participants at Desert Storm understand the importance of sobriety when they're operating any boat," LakeRacer LLC president Jim Nichols said in a statement. "It's their responsibility to passengers, other boaters and themselves to not be intoxicated when they are at the helm of their boat.

"It's been one of the cardinal rules of Desert Storm since it began," he added. "We're pleased to be a part of the 2011 Designated Operator campaign and help spread the word to all boaters. Sober boaters are safer boaters. It's just that simple."

Desert Storm 2011, scheduled for April 27-30, features a 200-boat poker run; a high-speed shootout competition; a street party/boat display; and, along with the Platinum Power Boat Club, a Puttin' on the Wish event with complimentary high-performance boat rides to benefit the Arizona Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Havasu for Youth Organization.

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