NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Agents with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are preparing for the last major weekend of the 2021 summer boating season.
As Labor Day approaches, officers are reminding boaters to wear their life jackets and to go boating “in a safe and responsible manner.”
“There are going to be a lot of people on the water. You may have to slow down… wait your turn to enter a marina or pass under a bridge, ”said District 21 Sgt. Matt Brian of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
In Tennessee waters on Thursday, there were 17 boating-related fatalities this year. TWRA said there were 22 boating-related fatalities at the same time last year.
TWRA officers will be on the lookout for reckless boating behavior such as boating under the influence.
“We are working hard on the water. Sometimes that means issuing quotes or arresting a lot of people, but at the end of the day if it protects everyone, that’s our main focus, ”Sgt. Brian said.
The TWRA has reminded everyone aged 12 and under to wear a life jacket. In addition, a life jacket for each boater must be on each boat and on the pedal boat.