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Boating safety tips before a big holiday weekend


POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 7:06pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 7:07pm

A holiday weekend is on the way and many will spend those days on a boat.

Before you get on the water, officials want you to think about boating safety to prevent accidents and even being thrown behind bars.

Game Wardens tell KETK with big weekends like this there are several boating accidents.

They will be in the water and will pull boaters over if they don't comply with boating safety.

Game Wardens want everyone to out safety first.

- Drink responsibly.
- Wear life jackets; each passenger I n the boat must have a life jacket.
- Boaters need to pay attention to the weather and know if their boat can take big waves, height and winds.

The Game Wardens add, safety tips and boating laws are providing on the 'Texas Parks and Wildlife' website.

"You want to make sure you have a designated driver if you plan on partying through the weekend,"
 says Jason Shank, 'Tractor Boats' Manager.

"Everybody need to reduce speed on the water and just pay attention, a lot of personal watercraft or jet-skis are out there operating," says Dustin Dockery, Game Warden.

Dustin Dockery, Game Warden tells KETK, a BWI which is Boating While Intoxicated carries the same punishment and fines as a DWI.

"It's still the law of .08 or being intoxicated which is impaired," says Dustin Dockery, Game Warden.

The Game Warden and Department of Public Safety will be patrolling East Texas Lakes for water safety inspections.

Dockery adds, "We could pull up to any vessel just to check for required equipment or water safety equipment, checking the life jackets all that type stuff that's where we can stop any vessel on that we determine that the driver or operator is impaired."

Texas Parks and Wildlife, and click on Boating.

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