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Troopers cited boat owners for skipping inspection

I was glad to read in Oregon Outdoors that the state police are going to start enforcing the rule forcing boaters to get their boats inspected for aquatic invasive species at Interstate 5's Port of Entry.

The article said the police were going to stop violators Friday. I was wondering how that turned out. Anyone cited? I sure hope so. We can't afford to get zebra or quagga mussels in Oregon waters.

— B.B., by email

Well, B.B., the Oregon State Police troopers set a new first for Oregon during their boat-inspection enforcement "blitz" at I-5's Port of Entry.

OSP troopers wrote $110 tickets to two of the 12 drivers officers had to chase down after they failed to stop at the inspection station, says Sam Dodenhoff, one of the state boat inspectors stationed there.

That marked the first time anyone in Oregon has been ticketed for skipping the inspection, state records show.

The other 10 were issued warnings, Dodenhoff says.

"We pulled over everything from kayaks and pontoon boats to regular lake boats," he says.

Information on the ticket-getters was not available Wednesday, Dodenhoff says.

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