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Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) recommends a number of boating safety tips for recreationalists to practice:

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· Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) and carry extra PFDs in both adult and child sizes. Children younger than 13 years of age must wear a PFD while boating or using personal watercraft.
· Be especially careful on personal watercraft such as jet skis and water scooters. Maintain a 50-foot distance between your personal watercraft and other personal watercraft, vessels, persons, shore or stationary platform unless operating at an idle speed.
· Avoid alcohol. Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is just as dangerous as operating a car after drinking alcohol. The probability of being killed in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
· Operate at a safe speed at all times. Excessive speed is a rate of speed greater than is reasonable or prudent without regard for conditions and hazards or greater than will permit a person to bring the boat to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead
· Enroll in a boater education course. For information on classroom, video or online course options, please contact TPWD at (800)792-1112.

Boating infractions such as speeding or boating under the influence of alcohol can be enforced by TPWD game wardens or county sheriff’s deputies.

Thank you for practicing #SafetyOnTheLakes this Memorial Day weekend.

📷: Lake McQueeney by Erich Schlegel

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