Wildlife & Fisheries agents enforcing boating laws for holiday weekend

Wildlife and Fisheries agents enforcing boating laws for holiday weekend

MAUREPAS, LA (WAFB) - If you plan to be on the waterways for the holiday weekend, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents will also be out on the water enforcing the laws.

They will be checking boats for safety inspections including making sure there are life jackets for everyone on the boat and valid fire extinguishers.

If drinking while driving a boat, the same laws apply as if you're on the roadway. The legal limit is still 0.08 and Wildlife and  Fisheries Sgt. Carl Armstrong said it's actually more dangerous to be drunk on the water.

"A DWI out on the water is just like a DWI that is in a vehicle or any other motor vehicle. You're going to go to jail. You're going to get a DWI. You're going to lose your driving privileges just as if you were in a vehicle," said Sgt. Armstrong.

If you're born after Jan. 1, 1984, you must have a boater's safety education course, which is basically a driver's license for boaters.

LDWF agents say so far this year, there have been 10 fatalities on the waterways which makes it that much more important for them to be out there.

Agents will be out on majority of waterways including the Tickfaw River, Amite River, False River and Diversion Canal through the entire 4th of July weekend.

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