Boat Safety

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Thousand's of boaters’ outings are ruined each year when someone gets injured.

It can happen when a skier gets caught up in the propeller, someone falls overboard, or two boats collide.

Sheriff's deputies say the most common cause of these accidents is a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Department of Natural Resources and sheriff's police are on the lookout for drunk drivers. Many rules are the same: operate a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher and you're going to have to pay thousands of dollars in fines.

Besides looking for drunk drivers, deputies are checking to make sure all boaters have the proper safety equipment.

There are several items all boaters need to have on board. They should have a throw able cushion, a fire extinguisher and a properly fitting life vest for each passenger on board.

Police have a few other things to check.

”Have batteries covered, horns and whistles."

And remember, kids under13 have to wear a child sized life jacket at all times.