Cops Focus on Boating Safety this Independence Holiday

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It’s a task force as traditional as fireworks on the Fourth.

On Lewisville Lake, our nation’s colors of red, white and blue come in the form of flashing lights. While many hit the waters for the holiday, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office shifts its patrols into high gear.

Cops are keeping a close eye on boaters; just like on the roads — it’s a “no refusal” weekend on the lakes.

“I think it’s more complicated and complex to operate a boat than a motor vehicle,” Sgt. Andy Steele with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office said. “I would suggest that if you are going to operate the boat, do not consume any alcohol at all. Have somebody else; a designated boater.”

While you might catch a citation while improperly boating, cops said safety is their primary concern and reason for patrolling the waters.

“Our first priority is safety,” Sgt. Steele explained. “What we’re looking for when we pass other boats: are there children on there without life jackets on, if it’s a large boat with a numerous amount of people on it are there going to be enough life jackets on that boat for every person.”

“We’ve never pulled someone out of this lake, or any other lake, with a life jacket on. If you have a life jacket on, odds are you are not going to drown,” he added.

Last year, seven drownings were reported on local lakes over the Fourth of July holiday. The numbers prove to be another reminder that alcohol and water just don’t mix.