National Safe Boating week gets underway
Posted on 5/15/2014 4:15:00 AM.
National Safe Boating week gets underway this weekend and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds boaters to be safe, responsible, and knowledgeable while on the water.  LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says there are a couple of things you can look for.

"We heighten our patrols on the waterways to make sure everybody's safe.  And, also, we just try to get our safe boating message out to the public.  That way they can comply with all the rules and regulations that are in place."
He says there are two things you can always do to be safe on the water:  wear your life jacket and have a sober operator.  Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crashes and fatalities on the water.  Einck reminds you that the same penalties apply whether you get  a DWI on the water or on the road.
"If you got one on the water, you will lose your driving privileges on the road and vise versa.  And also, a DWI in the water also counts against the number of DWIs that you have."
Last year Louisiana posted a record low for boating fatalities with 15.  Einck believes their boating safety education class is a big reason those numbers are improving.
"Studies show that states that have a safe boating education program for more than 20 years have an average of 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 boats.  And right now we're in year 11 and we've cut our number in half."
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