Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division would like to stress the importance of safe boating by making the public aware of National Safe Boating Week, taking place May 22-28.
National Safe Boating Week is strategically scheduled just before Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider the kickoff to the boating season. Boaters are encouraged to make time for a thorough inspection of their boat prior to taking it out on the water before each boating season. The weather, time, and other elements can affect how your boat performs. Captain Mike Petlansky, Director of, Water Patrol Division, talks about having your boat ready for the water.
A complete list of Inspection sites can be found on the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division website.
Anyone born after January 1, 1984, who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes has to possess an approved boating safety identification card. This includes those operating a personal watercraft like a jetski.
Additionally, Captain Petlansky wants boaters to know that a life jacket is required for everyone on board. Children under seven years old are required to wear a personal flotation device while in a boat.
Boaters are reminded to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol by dialing *55 if they need assistance or observe another boater operating a vessel in an unsafe manner.
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