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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  • by anonymous Location: washington nc on Jul 6, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    Is any body tired of being harassed by nc wildlife? Im so sick of every time im am out boating with my freinds and being chased down boy officers and have them looking at me with binoculars. they sould not be able to pull you unless they reasonalbe cause you are doing something wrong. I was out in washington on the 4th and for two hours watched officers aggrivating boaters. For two stait hours they didnt ever turn their lights off even douring the fireworks they were doing checks. People could not even enjoy their evening. Whom the majority didnt get tickets, ir if they did is was some technicallity or some small overlooked detail. im glad to see nc has its prioritys strait.
  • by Dale Location: NC on May 12, 2009 at 12:11 AM
    Dear anonymous, the clip won't play because "they" don't want you to see it. It gives their tactics away, and the federales....they are always watching. I can see them now...peering.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    Why won't the video clip play?
  • by Williamston Location: Williamston on May 11, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    I don't have a problem with Wildlife Officers that use common sense while performing their duties. I do have a problem with the ones around here. I've overheard several Game Wardens at the Sunny Side Oyster Bar laughing about catching folks and writing tickets for trivial mess. The Coast Guard is also short on common sense. How can they expect someone to pass the stand on one foot and touch your nose test in a 19ft boat with 3-4 foot seas. They got mad when the guy told them to try it, and locked him up for being uncooperative.
  • by T Location: Pamlico River Rat on May 11, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    Mr. T.. I carry a gun,and have a concealed permit. If I am ever pulled over for anything, THAT WILL BE THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH.Common sense tells me this. Hey, its your choice about seat belts, life jackets,and helmets, but as a 11 year veteran of the fire service, I can tell you without hesitation that seat belts, and helmets save lives. I am not always for big brother watching me, but when it comes to safety equipment such as seat belts and helmets, the statistics do not lie.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt county on May 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    As usual, it's obvious that the citizens in eastern NC hate law enforcement. Mr. T., Wildlife agents don't go after drug dealers and murderers. They handle boating laws. If you aren't interested in complying then I suggest you stay on dry land. These guys would rather issue you a citation then have to spend two days looking for your body because you were too ignorant or too intoxicated to wear a life preserver. As for the gentlemen who "forgot" to tell them about his gun...oh well. I guess it remains evident that you can't fix stupid, but it does provide job security for officers in all aspects of law enforcement.
  • by Poorman Location: On the water on May 10, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Tough economy. They say the sales of licenses are down. Have to raise money somehow.
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    I am surprised that the EPA and PTRF would allow boats on the river, won't it hurt the fish that are trying to spawn?
  • by Motion Location: BoCo on May 10, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    where are u living Mr.T that u get to decide if u wear a helmet or seatbelt?? to my knowledge that would get you a ticket too! if your "friend" went through the trouble to get his concealed weapons permit he should know that the first thing he is supposed to do is tell the officer that he has a weapon.
  • by tim Location: pitt on May 10, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    they need to be looked at and their laws overhauled. I wonder whatever happened to the shooting death of the elder man about a month ago
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