STONE COUNTY, Mo. — Memorial Day weekend generally marks the kick-off of the summer boating season.
We took a ride with Missouri State Troopers to talk safety.
Monday was a beautiful day at State Park Marina where boaters hit the water — and so did the state troopers.
“We just want everyone to be safe. We want them to have a good time… that’s for sure,” said Missouri State Trooper Robert Wilkins.
The boaters were out in droves on Table Rock Lake — and Trooper Wilkins says safety is priority.
“We really keep an eye on the personal flotation devices to make sure they have the proper number — and that children under seven are wearing there’s. We also watch for any reckless behavior,” Wilkins said.
Because safety and boating is a big issue, there are certain places on the boat where you should not be, when the boat is in gear.
“You have to be seated within something like this right here..the gunnel, or a six to eighteen inch railing in order to actually be legally compliant, said Wilkins.
And when drinking, remember…
“The legal limit is point zero eight for alcohol, just like it is on the road,” Wilkins said.
Boater Gary Lam says he’s ready.
” So, I have to make sure all my life jackets are in there,” Lam said, “They’re accessible, so people can get to them easily in case something happens..Your horn, you’re operating good. You make sure the engine is running good…You basically go through the entire boat head to toe…every time you get in the water and every time you get out of the water.”
Trooper Wilkins says most people follow the rules on the water. However, many of the mishaps that do happen are alcohol related.