"We work to make sure that everybody has a safe and enjoyable boating experience," says Department of Natural Resources Lieutenant Stan Hickman.
A big task for memorial day weekend. Boaters are already out enjoying the beautiful weather, but so are the patrollers. And they'll be checking for one specific piece of equipment.
"Life jackets. Making sure there is one on board for every individual that is on board and making sure that the PFDs are operational and in good working order," says Lt. Hickman.
Officials say 85% of boating fatalities can be prevented simply by wearing a life jacket.
"We will be doing random spot checks and conducting safety inspections and making sure all operators are compliant with the laws of the state of West Virginia and making sure they have all the necessary safety equipment," says Lt. Hickman.
It's not only safety steps they're watching out for. Drinking and driving rules on the water are the same as on the road.
Anything above a .08 is considered drunk driving.
"You know, if you're going to be consuming alcohol this holiday weekend be sure to have a sober skipper or a designated operator on board," says Lt. Hickman.
It's a weekend known for fun in the sun. Just make sure it's a safe one.
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