We are in the middle of summer vacation and for many families that means hitting the lake.
While people are having fun on the water, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is responsible for keeping an eye on boaters to make sure they're obeying the laws. There are 132 boats state-wide to patrol rivers and lakes, according to the MSHP.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued more than 2500 tickets, from 2011 through 2013, at the Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake and Mark Twain Lake combined. The data was requested by KSDK using the Missouri Sunshine Law and more than 70 percent of the tickets issued were given to boaters on Lake of the Ozarks. According to MSHP, it is the busiest lake for boat traffic and more Marine Troopers patrol that lake than any other in the state.
The most common type of citation at Lake of the Ozarks was for operating a boat while intoxicated. 382 citations were given during the three year data period KSDK requested. That number dwarfed the other lakes. On Table Rock Lake, 57 BWI's were issued and Mark Twain Lake was in the single digits with eight.
Other common citations given to boaters on the three lakes include: registration violations, issues with navigation lights, and a passenger riding in a restricted area on a boat.
For a complete list of tickets given out on the lakes for the past three years read the data below. To watch our Ryan Dean's ride-along with Marine Troopers, watch the video.