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Busy 4th of July weekend for Illinois DNR

The Fourth of July holiday weekend kept

officers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources busy.

They wrote more than 1,200 citations and warnings while on patrol

of state parks and recreation areas.

Conservation police officers arrested 25 boaters for operating

under the influence. Another five motorists were arrested for DUI.

They also investigated 14 boating accidents and performed

routine safety inspections of more than 2,000 vessels.

Officers reported illegal activities such as possession of drugs

and drug paraphernalia, underage drinking and disorderly conduct.

They also cited people for illegal fishing and a variety of boat

safety and boating law violations.

Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez says most boaters

enjoyed the holiday responsibly and safely.

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