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May 16, 2012

DNR courtesy boating inspections set during Memorial Day weekend

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In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.
           
The Memorial Day holiday weekend is considered the first 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. Boaters will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat.

"Boaters should pay special attention with keeping their safety equipment up to date. Boaters should inspect their lifejackets to ensure that they are in good serviceable condition and without tears or holes. The boat operator is responsible for having a proper fitting U.S. Coast Guard type II lifejacket for all passengers on board. It is especially important to check the size and fit of lifejacket for children. Our courtesy boat inspections are a proactive way to give boaters this opportunity before launching their vessels," said Col. Chisolm Frampton, deputy director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

The Memorial Day weekend courtesy boat inspections correspond to the National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25). The campaign reminds boaters throughout the boating season to practice safe and responsible boating, always wear your life jacket and be alert and aware while on the water. By practicing these simple steps you can save your life as well as the lives of the people boating with you.
           
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 Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301.
           
Courtesy safety inspections at the following locations and times:


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