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More mobility for law enforcement officers on the lake

You’re on the lake boating when all of a sudden, a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office pulls up next to you.
The reason that’s happening is because the Sheriff’s Office has been loaned the use of personal watercraft to assist on Lake Norman, courtesy of Westport Marina, N.C. 16 in Denver.
Two Yamaha jet skis are made available through the Yamaha PWC (Personal WaterCraft) Law Loan Program.
According to Charlie District Lt. Howard Eason, the personal water craft will be used to get into narrow coves to investigate “no wake” violations and make it easier for law enforcement to approach boaters.
“The lake patrol tries to utilize the wave runners on peak weekends, holidays and special events like the ‘Batmobile,’” said Eason.
The “Batmobile” is a recreational vehicle turned into a DWI test center, to see if suspected boaters are operating watercraft while impaired. The legal limit is .08.
Lincoln County has one full-time lake patrol officer, who is assisted by several other officers, at peak times covering the county’s 72 miles of shoreline.

Larry Seagle is the public information officer for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He is also news director of newspartner WLON-AM in Lincolnton.
by Special to the LTN

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