Boating safety requirements for Memorial Day weekend

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Hundreds of boats are expected to be on the water this holiday weekend. If you are going out on a boat you need to be prepared. 

“First thing you’re going to have to have is a life jacket. Make sure you have your life jackets, registration on board, fire extinguishers and paddles,” says Joshua Desormeaux with Henderson Marine Dealer. He says they see a boom in business every Memorial Day.

It’s important to have all the required equipment because the department of wildlife and fishers will be patrolling this weekend. 

“You are only going to get pulled over if they see you doing something you’re not supposed to do. So if you’re drinking on board they will pull you over. If you have too many occupants on the boat they will pull you over. If people are not wearing their life jackets and they should be, they will pull you over,” says Desormeaux. 

“Agents will be out checking, doing boating safety checks to make sure everyone has the proper equipment. And also we will be looking for impaired drivers,” says Sgt. Buddy Murray with Wildlife and Fisheries.

He says alcohol is normally the no. 1 contributing factor to most boating incidences. 

“We suggest that you have a designated driver. The consequences for a DWI on the water are the same if you were stopped in a vehicle. We want everyone to go out and enjoy themselves om the water this weekend, but we want them to be safe while they’re out there,” says Murray. 

For a full list requirements boating equipment visit the Wildlife and Fisheries website here
 

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