To keep people safe on Pinellas County waterways, marine units are cracking down on boaters violating laws related to wake zones, speed limits, and drinking, WTSP recently reported.
Boating under the influence, or BUI, is particularly serious, says Sgt. Brad Millican of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s the same thing as if you are driving while under the influence on the roadways; you can’t operate a vessel while you are drunk,” Millican said.
Boaters suspected of being intoxicated get tested the same way drivers do.
Officials will also be looking to make sure there are life jackets on every boat. There has to be at least one life jacket per person on board, and children 6 and under must wear theirs at all times.
Drowning accounted for 71 percent of all boating fatalities in 2012. According to the Coast Guard, 85 percent of those people were not wearing life jackets.
The sheriff’s office wants every boat and wave runner to be equipped with the required number of life jackets, as well as a whistle or horn, fire extinguisher, throw-out device, and flares.
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