Boater Safety Being Cracked Down On
MELROSE-- Many boaters are out but with the holiday weekend approaching cops are making sure that no one goes overboard on the fun.
Operation drywater is underway.
Its a national effort that started in 2009 to increase safety on the water.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is out enforcing boating rules.
They are checking peoples registration, lifejakcets, and if people are drinking.
According to the F-W-C in 2012, 17 percent of boating deaths across the United States were caused by alcohol.
While only children under the age of six have to wear a life jacket at all times.
Joseph Troiano with the F-W-C says you might not realize when that jacket can save your life.
(Joshua Troiano, FWC) "hey i can swim, i dont need a life jacket well if you crash your boat or you hit a wave and it throws you out of the boat and you hit your head well now you're unconscious and you cant swim."
Officers will be out for the rest of the weekend and remind everyone to stay safe this upcoming holiday.
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