Sheriff Jay Russell Offers Boating Safety Tips
Summer is here and with that, boating becomes one of the most popular activities in our area.
Whether it is fishing, water skiing, or maybe just going to your favorite beach area on a local river or lake, Sheriff Russell and Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office offer the following tips to remind boaters to be aware of Louisiana boating regulations and practice safety while on the water.
Never boat under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
WEAR A LIFE JACKET
86% of people who drowned in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket. Always wear your life jacket!
TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE
In accidents where the operator’s level of instruction was known, 70% of fatalities occurred on boats where the boat operator had not received any boating safety instruction.
More tips can be found by clicking the link below to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website:
Have a safe and fun summer while you enjoy our area waterways!