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TWRA Enforcing Boating Safety

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of boating season across Tennessee, but along with boats on the water you'll also find the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency looking for people who aren't playing it safe.

The TWRA was on patrol Monday on Percy Priest Lake and it didn't take long for them to spot people without life jackets available, something the agency is focusing on this weekend.

They're also looking for people boating under the influence and other unsafe behaviors on the water like lying out on the outside of the boat.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the year's busiest boating weekends. The TWRA said there have already been nine boating related deaths statewide. This time last year there was only seven.

The TWRA was checking for safety equipment on board too, and giving warnings if people didn't have the proper equipment.  

Officials said they take life jacket violations very seriously and nearly always give out tickets for that.

"There is no reason why people should be boating without life jackets so we are giving out those citations," said Carl McCoy with the TWRA, "and naturally, children under 13 if they don't have one on, we'll write that citation as well."

The fine for not having the right number of life jackets on board is $220 in Davidson County.

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