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More designated boat operators on the 4th of July


POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 7:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:53pm

East Texans had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend.

That is according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.

The game wardens say they saw more designated boat operators on Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler this year.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens say it was a pretty successful holiday weekend.

"We saw a good number meaning no fatalities. Across the state, we did have a couple and we had a few BWI's filed but not in our region," said game warden Dustin Dockery.

Dockery says in the East Texas region, there were only a few minor boat accidents no drowning and they issued one citation for "boating while intoxicated".

"The public is understanding the emphasize of designating a driver. Putting someone behind the wheel that hasn't been drinking alcohol that way everybody's going home at the end of the day and everyone can enjoy another day on the water."

Dockery says a fatal accident at Lake Fork a couple days before the holiday, may have had an impact.

Two boats collided, killing two and severely injuring a 12-year-old boy.

"A lot of people opened their eyes to how quick a good day can go bad on the water that may have helped people understand a little bit better," said Dockery.

But, most East Texans are happy to hear that people are making the right decision when it comes to safe boating.

"It's always a worry out there boats are awfully powerful and the people it's easy to get careless."

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To many so called law enforcement persons are working both sides of the fence according to news reports. What have we come to, and who can we depend on.

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