Boating Safety

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, July 4, 2003 - 06:15 PM
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With summer in full swing, boaters are launched and ready to ride down the Muskingum River. The county's marine patrol will be out keeping the waters safe. Their main priority is to educate boaters and make sure they have the proper requirements. Ray Dunlap, Auxiliary Deputy with the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office says, "Basically make sure all equipment required by the coast guard rules is up to date, it's in good condition, and that everyone knows how to use it. Pay close attention to what you're doing and have a good time. That's what we want you to do out here." Another point Dunlap stressed is to avoid the use of alcohol while boating. The new DUI law has dropped the legal limit to .08, and it does apply to boaters. The marine patrol will be on the lookout for any kind of dangerous behavior. The patrol runs every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day, covering a thirty mile span of the Muskingum River.

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