Boaters Behaving Well on the River This Year in Winn. Co.

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- This summer’s flooding kept a lot of boaters off the water early this season taking some stress off the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said they enjoyed watching so many people enjoy their holiday, especially because no one was drinking and driving a boat.

It’s been a relatively quiet summer for Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies Patrick Hastings and Tim Coomer. They haven’t written one ticket all season for any violation on the river, including drinking and driving a boat.

“Just like driving a car it impairs you’re judgment,” said Deputy Coomer. “You might not know how close you’re getting to somebody or you might not react if something happens in front of you.”

This year the sheriff’s office has issued no citation or OUI (operating under the influence). The department says there is usually a handful of each at the end of every year.

The same can’t be said for the rest of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says there have been more than 130 reported arrest for OUI on the water this year, down from 209 last year.

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