Operation “Partners in Public Safety on the Water” Set for Labor Day
NEW HANOVER – The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and New Hanover County Fire Services will be working together this Labor Day to ensure the safety of citizens, tourists and visitors of New Hanover County. Operation “Partners in Public Safety on the Water” will consist of deputies and fire personnel patrolling the waterways surrounding New Hanover County. Officials will be observant for individuals not boating in a safe manner and the enforcement of North Carolina Boating Laws.
Below are some tips before you head out for fun on our waterways;
Take a boating safety course.
Make sure you have an approved working fire extinguisher.
Children younger than 13 are required by law to wear a proper life vest whenever they are on a recreational vessel that is underway.
Boat operators are also reminded that a proper life vest is required for each person onboard.
Designate an operator. Don’t drink and operate a boat.A blood-alcohol concentration of .08 is legally intoxicated for vessel operators. The law also allows an operator to be charged if appreciably impaired, regardless of blood-alcohol concentration. Exposure to wind and waves, combined with heat, motor noise and vibrations can create a condition known as boater fatigue, in which the effects of alcohol can be magnified up to three times.
Don’t overload your boat with people or equipment. Check on the capacity plate for the maximum weight or the maximum number of people the boat can safely carry.
To obtain more information on the laws and regulations concerning boating in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org.