Arizona group touts success of ‘designated operator’ program

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The Lake Havasu (Ariz.) Marine Association’s designated operator program continues to report positive results, according to the group.

“It was a very, very good and safe Fourth of July weekend on the water,” Lt. Richie Sloma of the Lake Havasu City Police Department said in a statement. “The overall number of arrests was comparable to a normal, regular, non-holiday weekend. Reports from on-duty boating officers indicated that a majority of people chose and utilized designated operators.”

“This is exactly what we had hoped to accomplish with our Carry a Designated Operator safety campaign,” Jim Salscheider, LHMA’s executive director, said in a statement. “Persuading the boating public to voluntarily adopt the designated operator concept so there's always a sober driver at the helm is much better than enacting new laws and restrictions that punish boaters. We're not advocating taking the fun and enjoyment out of boating, only to make sure that it is done in a safe, sober and responsible way.”

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