LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Memorial Day weekend marks the official start to boating season, and plenty of boaters will be out on the water for the holiday weekend. Among those boaters will also be Wildlife & Fisheries boats with agents onboard.
The Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish wasn't that busy yet on Friday, but starting Saturday and until Memorial Day, it will be packed.
"Actually it's like Interstate 12. That's how many boats come out here," said Preston Marchand, who has a camp along the Diversion Canal. "It gets crazy around here. The boats are getting bigger and faster, more people. It is very serious out there. I actually don't get in the water much in the daytime on Memorial Day weekend. I stay at my camp."
Sgt. Carl Armstrong with the Wildlife & Fisheries said they're looking for specific things.
"Making sure you have all of your equipment onboard. Everyone on board has to have a life jacket. Vessels longer than 16 feet, you have to have a fire extinguisher, sound producing device and also looking for sober drivers," said Sgt. Armstrong.
The legal drinking limit on the water is also 0.08 so make sure you have a designated driver. If you're born after Jan. 1, 1984, you have to have a boater's education license. Why?
"A lot of people come out and actually use the boat and they never have any proper or official education on how to operate a vessel," said Sgt. Armstrong.
Just like on the roadways, stay on the right side of the river. Mind the wake zones. Do not litter.
Agents will be out through the weekend including on Memorial Day and throughout the summer enforcing the laws on the waterways.