LAKE TEXOMA -- Memorial Day weekend has arrived. That means law enforcement is stepping up patrols to keep the roads safe. There will be more patrol on land and on the water to keep everyone safe. Daniel Gotera reports from Lake Texoma.
While it may be quiet right Friday afternoon on the lake, come tomorrow officials expect a very busy Memorial Day weekend.
But with that increased traffic comes increased risks, and those risks are what officials will be on the lookout for. The Texas Game Warden's Office, along with other authorities, will try and spot everything from broken lights on boats to people not wearing life vests, and especially boat drivers under the influence of alcohol.
If anyone is charged with boating while intoxicated, they could face up to $2,000 fine. We asked game warden officials if a no refusal law would be beneficial to them out on the lake as well. They said they are considering a trial period with the approval of the district attorney, because quicker results on tests could help them reach a conclusion on their investigations a lot quicker.
"Right now if they get pulled over, they can refuse and the only thing that could happen to them they get a suspended license," game warden Dale Moses says,
Even though authorities are thinking about a no refusal policy out on the lake, it will not be in effect this weekend, but they will be out around the clock making sure this Memorial Day goes by safe and sound.