Archive for July 1st, 2010

Boating Safety

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

This is Passport to Texas

[SFX speed boat on water]

Having fun and being safe are not mutually exclusive goals when boating this Fourth of July weekend. In fact, Steve Hall, Education Director at Parks and Wildlife says boating safety is as easy as one-two-three.

And the first one is wear a life jacket. That would prevent 90% of all fatalities in the water, especially those involving boating accidents.

Number two is take a boater education course, because your get to learn about all the different things involved with boating responsibilities, and even just how to operate a boat safely.

And then, finally, number three is avoid alcohol. And that’s mostly, obviously, for the adult audiences to don’t drink and boat—much like they wouldn’t drink and drive.

Some people think, well boating, I can drink there. And really, if you think about it, it’s a vehicle with no breaks.

So, when you don’t have stoplights on the water, and you have no breaks and you’re operating a tonnage of a vessel….yeah…you have to take that just as seriously, if not more seriously, than a vehicle on the highways.

Find boating safety information on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.

That’s our show… We receive support from the Sport Fish Restoration Program…working to increase fishing and boating in Texas…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.