Memorial Day boat traffic brings out DNR officers

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 First at Five, May 28, 2007

McCormick Co., SC---More traffic on the road this Memorial Day holiday means more traffic in the water. Last year there were at least 25 accidents on South Carolina's lakes and rivers, most from boaters being reckless.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officials also say they've already made three drug arrests over the weekend and they're out in full force making sure everyone stays safe. Officers pulled over random boaters to make sure they had the proper equipment on board.

"Each vessel requires one vest for each person, we check for all safety on boats," said Ron Talbert.

Near the Savannah Lakes, Officer Talbert catches a speeder going too fast for the no wake zone and that driver gets slapped with a $105 citation.

"We enforce the wake zones violation because sometimes people are parked under the bridge fishing and it's dangerous to go under it because you have ropes hanging from the bridge," he said.

Even though it is legal in South Carolina to drink on a boat, officials are also pulling over random boaters to make sure no one is over the legal limit of .08.

So far though, officials say there have been no reported cases of BUI, boating under the influence, in the Aiken-Edgefield-McCormick areas.

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