Josh Sterns, a Kootenai County Sheriff Recreation Safety deputy with answers a boater's question about beaching near Tubbs Hill Thursday while patrolling Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
Kootenai County Marine deputies will be out in force this weekend looking for boaters under the influence, and if you're caught, you're going to pay. "There is nothing wrong with having alcohol on the boat while you're out here on the lake," said Marine Deputy Josh Sterns. "But if you beach your boat on Tubbs Hill, you need to know that the city's laws apply and it's illegal to have alcohol on that beach." Sterns and his partner, Marine Deputy Bob Bjelland, will join another dozen marine patrol deputies in patrolling all of Kootenai County's navigable lakes this weekend as part of a national emphasis patrol, called Operation Dry Water. The program is an intensified effort of detection and deterrence aimed at boaters who are operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Question: Do you see boaters operating under influence when you're out on the waters?