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August 30, 2011

DNR courtesy boat inspections planned for Labor Day weekend

In an effort to keep state waterways safe over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings. The Labor Day holiday weekend is considered the last blast of summer and one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters.

DNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

DNR urges all boaters and water sports enthusiasts to be safety conscious, use lifesaving equipment, don't drink alcohol while operating a boat, obey the law and stay aware at all times of others in and around the water. Remember to wear your lifejacket while boating and enjoying water sports. Life jackets save lives.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form contact the DNR Boating Education Office at 1-800-277-4301.

Courtesy safety inspections at the following locations and times:


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