POSTED: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:20pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 6:49pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden alongside Law Enforcement are out in full force patrolling East Texas lakes for the holiday weekend.
"We've paired up with Texas Parks and Wildlife and come out with their boats and we add extra help for them," says Eric Whitaker, Marine Safety Officer with Smith County Sheriff's Office.
Whitaker says, you get into the holidays and start crowding the waters with a lot more people and a lot more boats.
KETK cruised Lake Palestine with Game Warden, Dustin Dockery, of TPWD, he says to keep waters safe they have the right to inspect your boat under the Water Safety Act.
'We can stop any vessel on public water in the state of Texas for water safety inspection," says Dockery.
They check for safety equipment, making sure boating operators are following the rules. and have a life-jacket for each person on board. They also check for a fire extinguisher and up-to-date registration.
Dockery tells KETK, they make sure no one is driving erratically, cutting people of or driving to close to other people, and make sure passengers have a sober designated driver.
Dockery says, their main goal is to provide boat safety education to avoid boating accidents, and by water safety inspection they can determine whether the boat operator is intoxicated.