TEMPLE (July 1, 2013)--A local task force will be cracking down on drunken drivers on land and on the water over the July 4th holiday.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have already made six arrests for boating while intoxicated, or BWI, so far this summer at Lake Belton and one underage person was charged with boating under the influence.
Local police officers and Bell County sheriff's deputies are also helping with the task force.
"It is made up of Texas Parks and Wildlife, Bell County Sheriff's Office, Temple PD, Harker Heights is involved because of Stillhouse Lake and the Corps of Engineers," TPWD Game Warden Scott Jurk said.
Last summer the task force made ten BWI arrests.
With more traffic on the lake and at the Temple Lake Park in recent years patrols had to be increased to keep people safe, Jurk said.
"Temple Lake Park was one area that had just seen a huge increase in traffic, a huge increase in alcohol and different offenses related to alcohol," Jurk said.
Authorities have had to shut down the park temporarily in the past because of overcrowding.
Jurk said officers had to do that this past weekend and plan to do it for the upcoming holiday.
The gate to the park is closed when all the parking spots fill up, but is later reopened when the crowd thins out.