Drivers to be checked at Arcadia Lake

Law enforcement officers are looking for people not wearing their seat belts and driving without a license at checkpoints during the Memorial Day holiday at Arcadia Lake. New city and state laws will be enforced.
BY DIANA BALDWIN dbaldwin@opubco.com Published: May 27, 2011

— Edmond police and other law enforcement agencies are looking for people not wearing their seat belts and driving without a license this holiday weekend at Arcadia Lake.

Locations and times of the checkpoints are not being released, said Glynda Chu, Edmond police spokeswoman.

“The purpose of this enforcement effort is to contact unlicensed and unbelted drivers operating motor vehicles at Arcadia Lake,” Chu said.

All vehicles are subject to being checked. The checkpoints will be posted with signs in English and Spanish.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma County sheriff's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are assisting with the checkpoints.

Officers are reminding people that a new city ordinance prohibits spray paint and markers at Arcadia Lake, which is operated by the city of Edmond.

The purpose of the ordinance is to eliminate graffiti and vandalism. It specifically prohibits aerosol spray paint containers and broad-tipped markers on land and water.

The law allows police officers to seize spray paint cans and markers. Officers can expel the person in possession of these items from the lake for the day. The fine will be $244 when the ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.

A new state law lowered the blood-alcohol limit for boaters to 0.08 percent. That has been the standard for motorists for many years, but the limit had been 0.10 for those who operate boats.