Officers Stress Safety as Summer Weather Approaches
May 19, 2014—As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, many Hoosiers are planning to celebrate the unofficial kickoff to summer with outdoor activities. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reports that as of Monday, camping and overnight accommodations at all but one park in the state are booked solid for the entire weekend. They advise that many public areas and shelters are still available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Indiana Conservation Officers are also cautioning residents to practice safety on the water this summer. May 17 – 23 is recognized as National Safe Boating Week. In 2013, there were 58 open water drownings reported in Indiana. Conservation Officers patrol state waterways to maintain safety and enforce boating laws. They encourage boaters to follow these safety tips:
– Always wear your lifejacket.
– Never sit on the gunwale (sides) of a motorboat while in motion.
– Do not ride on the bow decking of a motorboat while in motion.
– Never tow a skier or tuber without an observer.
– Pay attention to marker buoys and idle zone restricted areas.
– If over 21, consume alcoholic beverages in moderation (0.08 is the legal limit).
– Use navigational lights and anchor lights between sunset and sunrise.
– Obey the night time speed limit of 10 mph on all inland lakes.
The Indiana Boating Guide is available online at boat-ed.com/indiana/handbook. Hard copies are available at most boat marinas.