Monday, June 22, 2009

Alcohol abuse more common on Tenn. waterways

Tennessean NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials say alcohol abuse is a growing problem on the state's rivers and lakes.Wildlife agents tell The Tennessean that despite a stronger focus on enforcement, Tennessee's boating laws don't have enough bite. Penalties for driving under the influence are tougher than boating under the influence. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says arrests for boating under the influence continue to climb. In 2007, there were 126 people arrested in Tennessee for boating under the influence. A year later than number climbed to 152. This year, 66 people have been arrested already.

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