BOAT SAFETY: Iowa Waterways Checked

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Law enforcement officers are out in full force on area waterways Sunday.

“We`re just checking boats making sure the numbers are right, the capacity is correct,” says DNR Water Patrol Officer Bill Wineland.

DNR officers were out at Saylorville Lake Sunday afternoon checking for violations.

The officers patrol these waters daily, but they are also participating in the statewide “Operation Dry Water” campaign.

The goal is to draw attention to the hazards of boating while under the influence.

Sunday afternoon, no alcohol violations were found but a few boats with other issues were stopped.

Those included too many people on board to having expired registration tags.

Once a boat is stopped a complete safety check is done making sure there are enough life jackets on board and other safety equipment.

“I was unaware of what fire extinguisher we were supposed to have I thought it could be a regular fire extinguisher, I knew the life jacket rule that everybody had to have a life jacket but didn`t know about the throwaway one that`s for sure,” says Pete Simonson from Ankeny.

The DNR says on top of boaters being up to date on Iowa’s boating laws it could also save you money.

An online class is available on the Iowa DNR website by clicking here.

Once the class is completed it could give you a discount on your boating insurance for the year.

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