Governor's Office of Highway Safety stresses boating safety on Memorial Day weekend

Officers will strictly enforce boating safety over Memorial Day weekend

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Coast Guard law enforcement crews will be patrolling, conducting safety checks, and watching for people boating while intoxicated or operating in an unsafe manner. "You wouldn't let a family member or friend ride on the hood of a moving auto".

Before you and family head out on the water this weekend the Coast Guard also recommends you to let a second party know where you're going and what time you'll be back.

The Whitesburg-Ditto Landing Flotilla of the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering free boat inspections until close of the marina Saturday night, which is sundown.

Spry says operators can develop "boater's hypnosis" - a condition in response to sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion, which causes fatigue and slows reaction time, and combining this condition with alcohol or drugs greatly reduces coordination, judgment and reaction time which could lead to deadly consequences.

Natural Resources Police officers will be conducting saturation patrols and coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to stop bow riders.

For many residents, the Memorial Day weekend will be the first time to have the boat on the water this year. Three of the accidents took two lives and another accident killed three men. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to make sure everyone is safe. Children under 12 are required to wear an approved life jacket any time they're in an open portion of a boat that's underway. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well. Please remember if heading to the water, wear your life jacket! Heed the boat's capacity plate on the transom or by the helm, or look up the passenger capacity in the boat's manual.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters and beach goers to be aware of boat traffic, prepare for potential hazards and keep advised of weather changes through the National Weather Service and to monitor VHF-FM channel 16 for the most current safety advisories.

We hope you're excited about the upcoming #MemorialDayWeekend!

If you're going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim.

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