Beaufort County Boaters Beware: Officers Are Watching

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

A beautiful Saturday to head out on the water. The first for many boaters in Beaufort County which means some might be a little rusty on their rules when behind the wheel.

Officers tell WITN they hand out a ton of violations out for children under the age of 13 not wearing a life jacket, also for not having enough life jackets on board the vessel. Expired registrations are another issue plus improper lights during the nighttime.

Operating while impaired or OWI's are always a main concern. So far this season, two people have been arrested for drinking.

A boater doesn't have to blow a .08 to get a ticket if officers think the person is impaired they will most likely ticket them.

Authorities tell WITN, they're not out to get boaters but they are trying to keep the waters safe.

"Not here to harass you," says William Cain a wildlife officer. "Our checks only take a couple of minutes, then we're gone and you can have a good day."

Three people were killed last summer in boating accidents in Beaufort County.

Boaters are supposed to contact Wildlife Officers when there is an accident or incident on the water, that number is: 1-800-662-7137.

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