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More people, more patrols at Coralville Lake for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is often considered the unofficial start to summer - more people on boats and more alcohol-related activities.

However, Iowa Department of Natural Resources officers say they are cracking down with more patrols at Coralville Lake.

"You can't drive a boat intoxicated just like you can't drive a car intoxicated," said Erika Billerbeck, Iowa DNR conservation officer.

Billerbeck says officers will also be foot patrolling checking IDs and looking for any inappropriate behavior.

"We always pay attention to boating and drinking. DNR out here arrest a lot of people out here just for it," said boater Craig Phillips.

For Jennifer Jenn and her family, Memorial Day is fun on the waterways.

"We're going to have a blast! "We're going to go tubing, skiing, boating, that's what the summer is all about right," said Jenn. "Definitely, [my kids] have life jackets on make sure they're always sitting down

Drinking and boating is not the only thing Billerbeck says they're looking for - life jackets are part of their patrolling as well.

Billerbeck says this weekend they've seen a lot of kids 13-year-old and under not wearing life jackets - and that's law.

"We're out there for safety," said Billerbeck. "We're looking for safety equipment, making sure people are operating in a safe manner, keeping an eye out for other boats and also looking for alcohol consumption."

Billerbeck says crews will be performing random safety checks during their patrols and looking for missing equipment.

They will also be checking for fishing licenses.

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