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Published July 05, 2012, 09:06 AM

Law enforcement out in full force patrolling tubers

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- For some people, it's tradition. For others, tubing down the Otter Tail River is just a great way to spend a hot day.

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- For some people, it's tradition. For others, tubing down the Otter Tail River is just a great way to spend a hot day.

Either way, tubers seem to be using extra caution, making sure everyone has a safe ride home. And it's a good thing, because law enforcement is out in full force.

Cooler after cooler, beer after beer. It's no secret there is a lot of alcohol consumed on the Otter Tail River.

Aaron Vodden - Grand Forks: "You're out in the sun, the fun, getting drunk, getting burnt. You go home, you hate it because you're burnt, but it's a good time."

These men and women are planning ahead.

Aaron Vodden: "Usually we get a nice 20 year-old who lives near here and just go home after."

Some deputies will spend the afternoon combing the Otter Tail River looking for people that are too intoxicated or are drinking underage. Others will comb this 8 mile stretch of Highway 34, looking to catch those Drunk Drivers who made a very poor decision.

Robert Ziegler - Georgetown, MN: "I've seen them volunteer on Facebook so I volunteered to do it. I've been in trouble before for drinking and driving, so it was the polite thing to do."

Sadie Falk - Fargo: "It's not worth it at all. I'd rather pay for a cab than pay for a DUI."

Cheaper indeed; a typical DUI will cost in the neighborhood of $10,000. Buzz or no buzz, these tubers still had plenty to look forward too.

Robert Ziegler: "Running into old friends, see a lot of people, a lot of crazy stuff."

Don't expect enforcement to slow down anytime soon. Becker County will continue to put a special focus on river and lake patrols through this weekend.

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