The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports that there were eight BUI arrests made during last weekends sixth annual Operation Dry Water
Hamilton County wildlife officer Joe McSpadden said he arrested Shawn Smith (pictured)
for BUI Sunday morning around 4 am after a fisherman reported Smith operating his boat recklessly near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. In addition to BUI, Smith is also charged with violation of boating education requirements, violation of boat registration requirements and violation of boating rules and regulations. He is scheduled for court July 22.
In addition to eight BUI arrests across the state, there were four other arrests on varying charges. TWRA boating officers checked more than 2,100 vessels, issued 74 citations, 59 warnings and assisted 36 boaters.
The number of BUI arrests is a decrease from 10 people arrested in the 2013 Operation Dry Water Weekend.
Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of BUI education and enforcement directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Operation Dry Water is held to emphasize boating safety and give BUI enforcement high visibility during a period of high volume for summer boating activities.
TWRA officials emphasize the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) while boating. McSpadden said he and other officers will be on the water in force over the holiday.