TPWD officials urge boater safety ahead of Labor Day Weekend

Life jackets must be available for every occupant of a boat or paddle craft

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Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are urging boaters to follow basic safety precautions on the water ahead of Labor Day weekend.

“We encourage the public to finish the summer strong by continuing to practice safe boating through the Labor Day weekend,” said Asst. Commander Cody Jones, Boating Law Administrator for TPWD. “This time of year, the weather can be unpredictable, and everyone is hoping for the last bit of beautiful weather before the fall, but we want everyone to remain vigilant when on the water.”

Texas game wardens will be out in full force this weekend, according to a press release from TPWD.

Wardens will be on alert for those violating boating under the influence laws.

“Operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to fines, the loss of a driver’s license and an increased risk of accidents or fatalities on the water,” a press release from TPWD states.

Learning to swim, checking weather reports, and participating in a boater education class are simple steps to take before heading out on the water.

Life jackets must be available for every occupant of a boat or paddle craft, according to Texas state law.

Children under age 13 are required to wear one while boats/paddle crafts are underway or drifting.

“Drowning is the highest reported cause of death in boating fatalities, and most victims are found not wearing a lifejacket,” TPWD Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement Cody Jones said. “It’s not enough to just stow your life jacket onboard because accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put one on.”

For more information about boating safety, laws and requirements, visit TPWD’s boating laws website.

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