WVDNR warns boaters about boat safety and new laws prior to Memorial Day festivities

By Local News | June 11, 2017
Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding people to be safe when operating their boats on the state’s waterways.
DNR officers held a press conference on the bank of the Kanawha River to remind boaters of important safety tips while on the water, including safety equipment maintenance, boat operation and the risks of drinking while driving.
Conservation officer Brett Chandler said one of its biggest concerns is making sure people have life jackets on board and ready to use if needed. A jacket must be available for every passenger.
“People will keep them all in the bags and they don’t have them readily accessible,” he said. “You can have them under your seat or something, but as long as they are out of the bags. That is how it has to be.”

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