ALEA sets boating safety guidelines for Labor Day weekend

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EUFAULA, Ala. (WDHN) — With a higher amount of boat traffic expected this weekend, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wants to remind people of the basic requirements to have when going out on a boat.

“You’ve got a capacity plate on every boat,” Alabama Law Enforcement Agency senior Trooper Tracy Morgan said. “Make sure that you follow by that capacity plate. You don’t want to overload it. You start overloading boats you have a tendency to start sinking. You want to make sure you have life jackets for everyone on board. Make sure you have all your safety devices: fire extinguisher, noise producing device. Make sure you’re wearing your kill-switch whenever you’re riding.”

Morgan said that boating under the influence will not be tolerated, so if you’re going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver. ALEA will also do random inspections.

“We also look for probable cause stops, such as reckless or careless operation,” Morgan said. “Under 8 years old they do have to wear a life jacket at all times on the boat whether it’s anchored, moving or anything they do have to have a life jacket on under 8 years old.”

Another thing stressed is to not let anyone without a license operate a boat or if they’re not familiar with the boat.

“Please be safe,” Morgan said. “Please follow all the boating laws, it goes back to your test you took to get your vessel license. Follow everything, follow all the rules and be safe. Enjoy yourself, have a good time, but do be safe.”

Troopers will be patrolling lake Eufaula all weekend.

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