Posted: Sunday, 26 May 2013 10:59AM
Wildlife agents performing safe boating checks this weekend
Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the boating season and the department of wildlife and fisheries wants to cut down on the number of fatalities that happen on Louisiana waterways.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman, Adam Einck, says over two dozen people were killed in boating accidents last year and most of those fatalities could have been avoided.
"Last year, there were 25 boating fatalities and 15 were ruled as drownings. Those are 15 drownings that could have been prevented if they were wearing a personal flotation device."
Einck says wildlife and fisheries enforcement agents will be out in force this weekend to perform boating safety checks.
"We want everybody to be safe and return to their loved ones. So, we're going be to out there doing a lot of safe boating checks...making sure everybody's got enough personal flotation devices onboard for every person and also to make sure the operator is sober."
Einck says alcohol use is another leading cause of boating crash incidents and fatalities. He reminds boaters that penalties for D-W-I on the water are the same as on the road.
"Meaning, if you get caught with a D-W-I on the water, you're also going to lose your driver's license for a year and be fined the same amount."