Officials patrol area lakes, look for boating violations

Officials patrol area lakes, look for boating violations (Image 1)
Officials patrol area lakes, look for boating violations (Image 1)

It doesn’t get much better than this year’s July 4th weather.

While you enjoy the holiday, it is important to follow some safety rules out on area lakes.

About 500 boaters are expected out on Percy Priest Lake this July 4th.

Officials are patrolling the water and looking for violations.

The supervisor with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said last Fourth of July, authorities gave out more than 40 citations on Nashville lakes and made about eight BUI arrests.

Marina staff has some important reminders.

“Kids under 12 need to wear a life vest at all times on the boat. Life vest aren’t required for people over 12 but they are highly suggested,” said Adam Gilg, who works at Percy Priest Lake.

A sign near the water showed 152 people have drowned at Percy Priest Lake. Of that number, 149 were not wearing a life jacket.

“They’ll stop you randomly and check and make sure you have enough life jackets for everyone on board, fire extinguisher and those sort of things,” one boater explained.

The penalty for a BUI is $250 to $2,500, license suspension for up to one year and mandatory alcohol safety BUI school.

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