Highway Patrol reminds people to stay safe while on the water Memorial Day Weekend
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (KMIZ)
It's the last day of National Safe Boating Week for Missouri State Highway Patrol, just ahead of Memorial Day Weekend and what many people consider the start of boating season.
Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to keep safety as a top priority if planning to hit the water.
Troopers say two factors of being safe on the water are designating a sober driver and requiring everyone on the board to use life jackets.
Children under 7-years-old are also required to wear a life jacket if they are in a boat, according to Highway Patrol. Even though it's not required by law, troopers say children playing along the shoreline or on a dock should wear a life jacket as drowning can occur quickly.
Highway Patrol says boaters should know the capabilities of their boat. Reducing your speed in unfamiliar areas and being aware of unusual water conditions are a couple of considerations.
Highway Patrol also recommends avoiding creating large wakes in the water to be courteous of other people. If you need any help or want to report a crime, you can use the patrol's emergency assistance number by dialing *55 on a cell phone.
According to the Lake Ozark police department's facebook, the Mothers against drunk driving non-profit organization has partnered with both Uber and Lyft this weekend to help people get home safely. They recommend that you utilize either ride share companies, and are even offering a 40% discount for users.