Sheriff’s Office seeing increase in BWI arrests

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As the sun rises at the small boat harbor, several vessels are pulling out of their dock slips and heading out onto the lake.


The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting this as one of the busiest years they’ve had patrolling on the water, saying they’re seeing an increase in every sort of water craft on the lake.

And they say, that increase means more need for their units.

“With the resurgence of the buffalo water front we’ve seen a great increase in not only power boats, but sailboats, paddle boats,” said Sgt. Rick Lauricella.

As they’re seeing more people on the water, they’re experiencing an uptick in people boating while intoxicated. The office is reporting double the number of arrests this year than normal; they’re up to 10 thus far this summer.

“The boater is unaware,” said Sgt. Lauricella. “We always tell people to be courteous, cautious, use common sense on the waterways and one of those common sense things is if you’re going to be indulging on the water ways, find a designated operator.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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