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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reporting that there were no
boating-related fatalities over the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend.
It marks the third consecutive year without a boating fatality over the
weekend. There have been seven boating-related fatalities so far in 2017.
During the period from May 26-29, there was one injury accident and five
property damage incidents. TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement officers made
17 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. The number of BUI arrests
was a decrease from 21 arrests made in 2016.
SUMMER BOATING SEASON KICKS OFF
Ready to get the summer started? Odds are you and a whole lot of folks
would answer a resounding “yes”!
Just about every boat ramp will be busy this weekend and all of the
parking spots will be taken. Expect a pretty good crowd wherever you go
here on Kentucky Lake.
Chances are boating lanes in front of popular launch areas and marinas
will be cluttered so do your best to use courtesy and respect, even if the
other guy doesn’t.
Considered to be the unofficial kick off to the summer boating season,
Memorial Day weekend is perhaps the busiest one of the entire year.
Weather has a lot to do with it but practically everyone with a boat heads
toward the lake and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to
emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible
Last year, there were not any boating-related fatalities over the holiday
weekend for the second consecutive year. There were six reported
accidents, four of which resulted in injuries.
Along with the use of life jackets, TWRA wants to stress the responsible
use of alcohol while boating. It is important to consider the effects of
drinking and driving whether on water or land. In a boat on the water, the
effects of alcohol increase because of external stressors such as engine
vibration, wave motion and glare from the sun. Operating a boat under the
influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Tennessee.
Across the state over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend, TWRA Boating and Law
Enforcement officers issued 447 citations and 410 warnings. Among the
citations, 21 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests were made.
Officers inspected 9,065 boats during the weekend.
For many residents, the Memorial Day weekend will be the first time to
have the boat on the water this year. TWRA officials say taking a few
minutes to check some of the boat components may be the key to having a
nice, safe outing. Performing a simple maintenance check before getting on
the water may prevent problems.
Check hoses to make sure they are in good shape. Make sure the lights work
and carry extra fuses and bulbs.
In addition, TWRA urges all boaters to remember the basics:
*have a wearable life jacket for every person onboard
*if your boat is 16 feet or longer, there must be a Type IV throwable
*have onboard a fire extinguisher if you have enclosed fuel compartments
*anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket at all times while the
boat is underway – drifting is considered underway
*any boat operator born after January 1, 1989 must have onboard the
TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate
*keep alcohol to a minimum–choose a designated boat operator
*make sure there is a current boat registration
Boat Operation Basics:
*keep a proper lookout at all times
*maintain a safe speed
*cut the engine while boarding from the water or entering the water from
*be aware of the carbon monoxide hazards that exist and keep fresh air
*”no wake” means idle speed
*take a boating safety course – log onto www.tnwildlife.org for